Friday, June 20, 2014

Today In Oldies Music History: June 20

By Robert Fontenot

Today In Oldies Music History: June 20


1920: Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley and His Comets) 1924: Chet Atkins 1936: Billy Guy (The Coasters) 1936: Mickie Most 1937: Jerry Keller 1942: Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) 1945: Anne Murray 1949: Lionel Richie 1953: Alan Longmuir (The Bay City Rollers) 1959: Michael Anthony (Van Halen)


1965: Ira Louvin (The Louvin Brothers) 1973: Bruce Tate (The Penguins) 1997: Lawrence Payton (The Four Tops) 2006: Claydes Charles Smith (Kool and the Gang)


1948: CBS-TV debuts its new variety show, entitled Toast Of The Town, featuring performances by Martin & Lewis and Rodgers & Hammerstein, and hosted by an New York Daily News entertainment columnist and critic named Ed Sullivan. It would go on to become The Ed Sullivan Show and become the longest-running variety show in US history at 23 years. 1959: In Paris, The management of the Lido Club calls Elvis Presley's hotel and demands that his entire female chorus line be returned in time for tonight's show. 1966: Capitol executives, reeling from the Beatles' latest scandal, replace the original "Butcher Cover" of the US album Yesterday and Today -- which featured the band posing with decapitated dolls and raw meat, to the horror of fans and record retailers -- with a more sedate, traditional band pose. The label decides to glue the new cover over the old one, resulting in one of the band's most prized collectibles. A unpeeled original "Butcher" fetches about $800. 1968: At Hollywood's Western Recorders, Elvis Presley records the songs "Nothingville," "Let Yourself Go," "Guitar Man," and "Big Boss Man." He will use these and the following few days' recordings as guides for his live performance in his upcoming NBC "comeback" TV special. 1969: Northridge, CA hosts the Newport Rock festival, featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rascals, Ike and Tina Turner, Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull, and Jimi Hendrix, whose $125,000 fee is the highest ever paid to a rock act for one show. 1972: The Tallahatchie bridge in Sidon, MS, made famous by Bobbie Gentry's hit "Ode To Billie Joe," collapses. Today motorists use the newer bridge on County Road 512 to cross the river. 1973: American Bandstand airs its 20th anniversary special on ABC-TV, featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Three Dog Night, Johnny Mathis, Annette Funicello, and Cheech and Chong. It also features the first appearance of his many huge "all-star" rock jams. 1981: A disco medley of oldies hits called "Stars On 45" hits #1 in the US, becoming a national phenomenon. The medley, which originated in Dutch dance clubs, begins with re-creations of Shocking Blue's "Venus" and The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" before segueing into an expert mimic of early Beatles hits. 1983: Twang king and guitar god Duane Eddy performs his first concert in fifteen years with a show in San Francisco. 1987: Teddy Pendergrass marries his first and only wife, Karen Still. 1994: Beatles fans learn that the three surviving members of the group are working on a "new" song for their upcoming Anthology multimedia juggernaut, a song which turns out to be the "Threetles" overdubbing themselves onto a '70s John home demo called "Free As A Bird." 1995: A Los Angeles judge rules that the Kingsmen and not their label, Scepter, are owners of the 1963 smash "Louie Louie," and are entitled to back royalties. 1996: Westinghouse Electric becomes the first entity to cash in on the new 1996 Telecommunications Act by purchasing Infinity Broadcasting for 3.9 billion dollars. The act relaxed restrictions on how many radio and TV stations one company could own in a single market. 2004: Paul McCartney plays his 3,000th professional concert, appearing in the Palace Square of St. Petersburg, Russia. 2006: The BBC cancels its landmark weekly pop music show Top Of The Pops after a record 42 years on the air. 2008: Surrey University in England awarded Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page an honorary Doctorate in Music.


1974: Bob Dylan / The Band, Before The Flood


1955: The Four Lads, "Moments To Remember" 1962: Ricky Nelson, "Teenage Idol" 1967: The Buckinghams: "Susan," "Hey, Baby, They're Playing Our Song" 1968: The Beatles, "Revolution 9" 1969: David Bowie, "Space Oddity"





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