Today In Oldies Music History: April 17--
Births1930: Chris Barber
1932: Don Kirshner
1936: Tony Bellus
1940: Billy Fury
1943: Roy Estrada (Frank Zappa)
1944: Bobby Curtola
Deaths1960: Eddie Cochran
1974: Vinnie Taylor (Sha Na Na)
1983: Felix Pappalardi (Mountain)
1987: Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley and the Wailers)
1998: Linda McCartney
2003: Earl King
2008: Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)
Events1964: Having finally decided on a title, thanks to a malapropism from Ringo, the Beatles announce that their first movie, which they are still filming, is to be called A Hard Day's Night. (The working title had been Beatlemania!
1964: An 18-year-old Van Morrison makes his first concert appearance with Them on the stage of the Maritime Hotel in Belfast.
1964: After an extensive investigation of the hit song "Louie Louie," and its supposedly filthy lyrics, the FBI issues a report claiming the words of the Kingsmen's famous version are incomprehensible.
1965: The development of the new 8-track tape player is announced by RCA and LearJet.
1969: Bob Dylan's former backing group, which has come to be known simply as "The Band," plays its first show alone and under its own name at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco.
1970: Although its accompanying press release had been issued back on April 9th, today's inclusion with Paul McCartney's first solo album, McCartney, makes it official: The Beatles are no more. The breakup, which the band has known about for months but agreed not to play up, takes the form of a Q and A between Paul and Apple director Peter Brown:
Q: "Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles?"
Q: "Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?"
A "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."
Q: "Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?"
The same day, John Lennon spitefully tells a reporter, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him."
1970: Richard Nixon invites Johnny Cash to perform at the White House, then surprises the singer by requesting Merle Haggard's reactionary "Okie From Muskogee." Cash declines, but does perform "A Boy Named Sue" instead.
1972: Keith Richards is the proud parent of his second child, daughter Dandelion, by girlfriend Anita Pallenberg. (She will later be renamed Angela.)
1973: Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5 and the band's drummer, Johnny Jackson, are arrested for purchasing what turns out to be a stolen TV and stereo.
1975: Elvis Presley purchases the famous Lisa Marie jet, a Convair that had been in service with Delta Airlines. The final cost of was three-quarter of a million dollars, with most of that number coming from extensive renovations: gold bathroom fixtures, a queen-size bed, a full audio-visual system, and Elvis' TCB logo on the tail.
1980: Bob Marley receives what he refers to as "the greatest honor of my life" when he headlines the Independence Day celebrations for the country of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia under British rule).
1995: Judy Collins marries her second husband, designer Louis Nelson, eighteen years to the day after first meeting him.
2000: Gloria Gaynor guest stars as herself on tonight's "I Will Survive" episode of Fox's Ally McBeal.
Releases1965: The Beach Boys, "Help Me Rhonda"
1966: The Troggs, "Wild Thing"
1970: Paul McCartney, McCartney
1971: The Doors, "Love Her Madly"
Recording1958: Ricky Nelson, "Poor Little Fool"
1962: Tony Bennett, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
1966: The Beatles, "Doctor Robert"
Charts1965: Cannibal and the Headhunters' "Land Of 1000 Dances" enters the chart
1971: Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" hits #1
Certifications1972: The Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly, Wow" is certified gold
1973: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon is certified gold