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Today in Oldies Music History: January 29

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Today in Oldies Music History: January 29

Today In Oldies Music History: January 29

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Births

1885: Leadbelly
1923: Ivo Robic
1929: Mr. Acker Bilk
1933: Sacha Distel
1933: James Jamerson
1942: Claudine Longet
1943: Mark Wynter
1944: Andrew Loog Oldham
1947: David Byron (Uriah Heep)
1948: Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen)
1950: Peter McCann

Deaths

1980: Jimmy Durante
1981: Cozy Cole
1992: Willie Dixon
2005: David Lerchey (The Del-Vikings)
2009: John Martyn

Events

1942: BBC Radio launches a new program called Desert Island Discs. Still on the air today, it's the second-longest-running radio program in existence, next to the Grand Ole Opry show.
1961: After performing in New York, Bob Dylan visits the home of a friend in East Orange, NJ, and meets his idol, Woody Guthrie.
1962: Peter, Paul and Mary are signed to Warner Brothers Records.
1965: Brit rocker P.J. Proby intentionally splits his pants during a performance and outrages the nation, prompting the promoter to issue all audience members a refund. The ensuing controversy ensures that Proby will work the "accident" into every show.
1966: The Broadway musical Sweet Charity opens at the Palace Theatre.
1967: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut, performing at London's Saville Theatre. In the audience is a young Brian May, future guitarist for Queen.
1968: After a show in Vegas, the Door's Jim Morrison pretends to smoke a joint in the club's parking lot, leading to a scuffle and arrest by police.
1969: CBS-TV debuts the variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
1975: After girlfriend Linda Thompson wakes up and finds him struggling to catch his breath, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis' Baptist Hospital for "a liver problem," which in reality is an attempt by Presley's personal physician "Dr. Nick" to curtail his growing addiction to prescription medication.
1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer announce their breakup, the first of many.
1983: Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks marries Warner Brothers promo man Kim Anderson in Los Angeles. The marriage would last just over a year.
1989: Billy Joel performs the US National Anthem at the Superbowl; five years later to the day, Natalie Cole would get the honor at Superbowl XXVIII.
1994: Tragedy strikes Mary Wilson of the Supremes when her Jeep hits the curb near Los Angeles and flips, injuring her and killing her 14-year-old son.
1997: Paul Simon's notorious flop musical, The Capeman, opens on Broadway. It would close just 68 performances later.
2001: The Monkees' Peter Tork appears as himself on tonight's "One Hundred" episode of the WB's Seventh Heaven.
2001: A court rules the P-Funk mastermind George Clinton is not eligible for royalties on songs sampled by rappers, George having sold the rights to the songs off years before.
2004: Claiming bigamy on her part, James Brown annuls his marriage to third wife Tommie Rae Brown.
2010: Sly Stone sues former manager Jerry Goldstein for $50 million dollars in what he claims are unpaid royalties.
2010: Roy Orbison is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 1750 N. Vine.
2010: Members of the group Protect Our Children distribute flyers around Miami, protesting Who guitarist Pete Townshend's participation in the Superbowl halftime show. (Townshend had been charged with viewing child porn on the internet in 2003, but charges were later dropped.)

Releases

1958: The Champs, "Tequila"
1966: The Bobby Fuller Four, "I Fought The Law"
1970: Elvis Presley, "Kentucky Rain"

Recording

1937: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, "Song Of India"
1964: The Beatles: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Sie Liebt Dich," "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand"
1969: Peggy Lee, "Is That All There Is?"
1974: Grand Funk, "The Loco-Motion"

Charts

1977: Rose Royce's "Car Wash" hits #1

Certifications

1973: Johnny Rivers' "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" is certified gold
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