Today In Oldies Music History: August 31--
Births1918: Alan Jay Lerner
1938: Jerry Allison (The Crickets)
1945: Van Morrison
1960: Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family)
Deaths2004: Joe Barry
2004: Carl Wayne (The Move)
Events1955: London resident Sidney Turner is brought before the court and fined three pounds for attempting to drive his neighbors "mad" (his words) by playing Bill Haley's version of "Shake Rattle And Roll" all night long.
1956: Rock and roll's dominance of the UK is complete: for the first time, all of the Top Ten singles are those of American artists (although not quite all are rock).
1957: Elvis Presley makes his last concert appearance ever outside the US, performing at Canada Empire Stadium in Vancouver for a crowd of 26,000.
1958: Ricky Nelson takes the stage for the first time as a solo rock star, performing at Atlantic City's famous Steel Pier for two dates and selling a record 44,000 tickets.
1961: Bob Wooler's piece about the Beatles in today's edition of Mersey Beat is the first ink given to the still-unknown group.
1968: The Beatles' new single, "Hey Jude," debuts at #10, a record for Billboard at the time.
1969: After spending three years supposedly recuperating from a motorcycle accident that happily derailed his stardom, Bob Dylan reappears on stage for the first time since 1966, playing the Isle of Wight festival in England with backing by a group known simply as The Band.
1974: The final episode of The Partridge Family airs on ABC-TV.
1974: During his deportation battle, John Lennon testifies in court that President Nixon had started the proceedings in order to silence the ex-Beatle for his anti-Vietnam War stance.
1976: Though no one ever claims George Harrison stole the song intentionally, the ex-Beatle is nonetheless found guilty of "subconsciously" lifting several key melodic elements from the Chiffons' 1963 smash "He's So Fine" for his 1970 smash "My Sweet Lord." Harrison, who always maintained he was really trying to write something like the Edwin Hawkins Singers' hit "Oh Happy Day," would appeal for five years but eventually be ordered to pay the publisher $587,000. The Chiffons, who never saw royalties from their original hit, head back into the studio to cut a version of... "My Sweet Lord."
1980: In Beverly Hills, Karen Carpenter marries her first and only husband, real estate developer Thomas Burris.
2009: Patti Labelle is ordered by the IRS to pay $330,000 in back taxes.
Releases1968: The Rolling Stones, "Street Fighting Man"
1974: The Rolling Stones, Goat's Head Soup
Recording1939: Frank Sinatra, "All Or Nothing At All"
Charts1963: The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" hits #1
1963: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" enters the charts
1968: Cream's LP Fresh Cream enters the charts