Saturday, May 24, 2014

Today In Oldies Music History: May 24

Today in Oldies Music History: May 24


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Births

1938: Prince Buster
1940: Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong)
1941: Bob Dylan
1942: Derek Quinn (Freddie and the Dreamers)
1944: Patti LaBelle
1945: Priscilla Presley
1946: Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash)
1947: Cynthia "Plaster" Caster
1947: Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult)

Deaths

1963: Elmore James
1974: Duke Ellington
1991: Gene Clark (The Byrds, Dillard and Clark)

Events

1965: John Lennon's second book of prose, A Spaniard In The Works, is published.
1966: Elvis begins filming his 20th film, Frankie And Johnny, in Hollywood.
1969: The Guess Who make their debut on American television, singing "These Eyes" and "Laughing" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1970: Peter Green plays his last show with the band he founded, Fleetwood Mac, at the Bath Festival in Somerset, England.
1971: In honor of Bob Dylan's 30th birthday, Peanuts runs a strip in which Linus mentions the milestone to Charlie Brown, who replies "That's the most depressing thing I've ever heard." Dylan himself marks the occasion at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.
1974: NBC-TV's wildly successful variety show, The Dean Martin Show, signs off after nine years.
1979: The three remaining members of Genesis give the fans a thrill by manning the box office and selling their own tickets to the upcoming show at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
1982: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe and the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
1986: Riding the wave of their inexplicable MTV-fueled comeback, the Monkees (minus Mike Nesmith) begin their smash comeback tour at the Concord Hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains.
2003: Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, then heads to Red Square for his very first performance behind the iron curtain, for an audience of 20,000.
2004: An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss' legal team.

Releases

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Recording

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Charts

1952: Doris Day's "A Guy Is A Guy" hits #1
1969: The Beatles' "Get Back" hits #1
1975: Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" hits #1

Certifications

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