Today In Oldies Music History: January 23--
Births1910: Django Reinhardt
1925: Marty Paich
1928: Ken Errair (The Four Freshmen)
1933: Chita Rivera
1938: Eugene Church
1940: Joe Dowell
1944: Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions)
1948: Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
1950: Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers)
1950: Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops)
1950: Danny Federici (The E Street Band)
1953: Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
Deaths1972: Big Maybelle
1976: Paul Robeson
1978: Terry Kath (Chicago)
1990: Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1993: Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey
1995: William Horton (The Silhouettes)
1997: Richard Berry
1998: Johnny Funches (The Dells)
Events1943: Duke Ellington plays the first of his annual black-tie concerts at Carnegie Hall.
1956: Cleveland forbids its citizens under 18 from dancing at rock and roll concerts, citing a municipal legal anomaly from 1931.
1956: After being turned down by several other labels, Cincinnati's King label agrees to release James Brown and the Famous Flames' "Please, Please, Please."
1959: The ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour, featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, plays its first date at Milwaukee's Million Dollar Ballroom.
1963: A 20-year-old college dropout from Port Arthur, TX named Janis Joplin begins hitchhiking to San Francisco in order to become a singer, along with her friend Chet Helms.
1965: Billboard magazine reinstates its "Rhythm and Blues" music charts after doing away with them for a year in light of the similarities between it and the pop charts.
1965: Petula Clark becomes the first female Brit to hit the top of the American charts, with her smash "Downtown."
1970: During the trial of the "Chicago Seven" accused of starting a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, witness Judy Collins is denied the right to sing a relevant song during her testimony.
1973: While on stage at Madison Square Garden, Neil Young is handed a note declaring "an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam." Young immediately tells the crowd, "Peace has come," then launches into "Southern Man."
1977: Carole King's Tapestry becomes the album with the longest continuous stay on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, a record that would eventually be eclipsed, no pun intended, by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
1986: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its very first class of musicians: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, and the Everly Brothers.
1989: The state of Georgia sentences James Brown to six years for a notorious two-state police chase on which he led authorities the year before, not to mention having an unlicensed handgun, drug possession, assaulting police, and other charges. He would serve three years.
1990: David Bowie announces the first of his "farewell" tours, allowing local audiences in each city to pick the setlist of their show from a listing of his hits.
2000: Heart's Nancy Wilson and her husband, famed rock scribe Cameron Crowe, are the proud parents of their first and only children, twins named William and Curtis.
2004: Longtime Jethro Tull keyboardist David Palmer announces he is now "Dee Palmer," having recently undergone sexual reassignment surgery.
2011: Ringo Starr attempts to register the word "Ringo" as a trademark in the US.
Releases1958: Buddy Holly and the Crickets, "Maybe Baby")
Recording1941: Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, "Moonglow"
1963: Elvis Presley: "(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car," "Fun In Acapulco," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "The Bullfighter Was A Lady," "You Can't Say No In Acapulco"
1963: Elvis Presley: "Without Love," "I'll Hold You In My Heart," "I'll Be There," "Suspicious Minds"
1967: Pink Floyd: "Arnold Layne," "Candy and a Current Bun"
1969: The Beatles, "Get Back"
Charts1943: Louis Jordan's "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again)" hits #1 R&B
1965: Petula Clark's "Downtown" hits #1
1973: Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Knock Three Times" hits #1