Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today In Oldies Music History: June 19

By Robert Fontenot

Today In Oldies Music History: June 19

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Births

1902: Guy Lombardo 1925: Charlie Drake 1936: Tommy DeVito (The Four Seasons) 1936: Shirley Goodman (Shirley and Lee) 1939: Al Wilson 1942: Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) 1944: Robin Box (White Plains) 1948: Nick Drake 1950: Ann Wilson (Heart) 1953: Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Deaths

1997: Bobby Helms

Events

1958: Buddy Holly records his first solo songs, "Early In The Morning" and "Now We're One," at Decca's Pythian Temple Studios in New York. 1960: At the height of the folk-music boom, The Kingston Trio premiere their own self-titled weekday show on CBS radio. 1963: For the first time, Ringo Starr uses his new Ludwig drum kit, complete with the famous "Beatles" logo, onstage as the group performs at London's Playhouse Theatre. 1965: The Kinks and the Moody Blues both make their US stage debut in the same show, held at New York's Academy of Music. 1967: Answering questions about a controversial interview he'd recently given to the Daily Mirror, Paul McCartney shocks the British public by admitting on BBC television that he's taken LSD four times. 1973: A strange musical ode to sci-fi and other Fifties kitsch starring Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Show, opens as a stage show at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs in London. 1973: Roberta Flack's first (and last) television special, Roberta Flack... The First Time Ever, also starring The Blossoms and Seals & Crofts, airs on ABC. 1976: "Rollermania" hits the US as the Bay City Rollers begin their first-ever American tour with a concert in Atlantic City. 1980: David Geffen's new self-titled record label makes its first signing... disco diva Donna Summer. 2000: At Bob Dylan's concert in Portland, OR, British sign-language expert Professor Patrick Ladd "signs" the folk-rocker's famous lyrics for the hearing-impaired. 2009: North Wilkesboro, NC holds a festival in honor of their late great native son, singer Oliver of "Good Morning Starshine" fame.

Releases

1964: The Beatles, Long Tall Sally EP (UK)

Recording

1961: Bobby Darin: "Things," "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" 1962: Nat "King" Cole, "Ramblin' Rose" 1967: The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love"

Charts

1947: The Harmonicats' "Peg O' My Heart" hits #1 1961: Pat Boone's "Moody River" hits #1 1965: The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" hits #1 1965: Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On" enters the charts 1971: Carole King's "It's Too Late" hits #1

Certifications

1973: The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" is certified gold

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