May 17-23: Historic events this week from Buddy Holly, Elton John, ZZ Top and Rolling Stones
MAY 18, 1978: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
19 years after his tragic death, a Buddy Holly biography was adapted into a biopic.
Despite claims of historical inaccuracies, the movie did well at the box office and earned the film 3 Oscar nominations.
Gary Busey was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Buddy Holly.
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MAY 19, 1972: ELTON JOHN RELEASES HONKY CHATEAU
Based on the strength of the hit singles “Honky Cat” and “Rocket Man”, Elton John’s Honky Chateau sold over 500,000 copies in its first two months.
Honky Chateau was the first of six straight US #1 albums for Elton.
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MAY 21, 1983: ZZ TOP’S GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ VIDEO
ZZ Top’s expanded synth sound on Eliminator allowed them to reach a wider audience.
“Gimme All Your Lovin'” went to #2 on the US Mainstream Rock charts with help from the music video; the first of 4 to feature Billy Gibbons’ custom Eliminator Coupe.
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MAY 22, 1971: STICKY FINGERS IS #1
The Stones’ 9th album was only their second to go to #1 in the US.
Featuring “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses”, Sticky Fingers immediately went Gold and spent four straight weeks at #1.
The landmark album started a streak of eight straight Stones albums to reach #1 in the US.