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Today in Oldies Music History: June 26

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Today In Oldies Music History: June 26

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Births

1909: Colonel Tom Parker
1940: Billy Davis Jr. (5th Dimension)
1942: Larry Taylor (Canned Heat)
1943: Georgie Fame
1950: Junior Daye (Sweet Sensation)

Deaths

none

Events

1954: Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records, calls a young singer named Elvis Presley, who had recorded a few songs there earlier in the year, and asks him to record two songs, "Without You" and "Rag Mop." He sings the first, attempting to match a demo made by an unknown person hanging around the studio, but it proves too much for him, and, according to Dave Marsh's book Elvis, beats the walls of the studio, repeatedly shouting "I hate him! I hate him!" The singer whom Elvis could not match is lost to history. Phillips mollifies the young Elvis by asking him to sing something else, and Presley impresses him anyway, to the point that he makes plans to set the singer up with musicians for a future date.
1955: Decca Records, home to Bill Haley and His Comets, announces that the group has sold three million records in the past year, due mostly to "Rock Around The Clock" and "Shake, Rattle And Roll."
1961: The Marcels make their US television debut, performing "Blue Moon" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1963: After a Beatles performance at the Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write "She Loves You" in their hotel room, originally an answer song of sorts to the Bobby Rydell hit "Forget Him."
1971: WNEW-FM in New York becomes the first radio station to play Don McLean's new single, "American Pie," which it features in its 8:36 entirety.
1973: Model and singer Marsha Hunt, inspiration for the Rolling Stones song "Brown Sugar," names Mick Jagger in a paternity suit, claiming the singer fathered her two-year-old daughter Karis. That same day, Stones guitarist Keith Richards is busted, along with girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, in his Chelsea home for possession of heroin, illegal pharmaceuticals, guns, and ammo.
1975: Cher's divorce from Sonny Bono becomes final, leaving her free to marry Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers just four days later.
1977: Elvis Presley performs what would be his last concert, performing at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN for a crowd of 18,000. Although Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there is nothing to suggest his impending death -- indeed, there is nothing unusual about this show on the tour, except that Elvis for some reason introduces practically everyone from his life while on stage. Some take this as "proof" Elvis knew he was in his final days; others maintain that he was worried about the imminent publication of Elvis: What Happened?, a tell-all biography by former bodyguards Sonny and Red West that publicly broke the story of his drug abuse, and what those revelations might do to his image. The last song he performs from the stage is "Can't Help Falling In Love." Footage of the final concert is taken but has not been widely seen since; the audio portion can be heard on the LP The Last Farewell (released on CD as Adios: The Final Performance, A.J. Records CD 92-2002). Presley's father, Vernon, will pass away two years later to the day.
1982: Roxy Music leader Bryan Ferry marries his first wife, model Lucy Helmore. The same day, Marie Osmond marries her first husband, Brigham Young University basketball player Steve Craig.
1993: Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers marries his first wife, R&B singer Angela Winbush.

Releases

1964: The Rolling Stones, "It's All Over Now"
1975: Bob Dylan and the Band, The Basement Tapes
1976: Peter Frampton, "Baby, I Love Your Way"

Recording

1961: Elvis Presley: "I'm Yours," "(Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame," "Little Sister"
1967: The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love"

Charts

1961: Gary U.S. Bonds' "Quarter To Three" hits #1
1965: The Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" enters the charts
1965: The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" hits #1

Certifications

1975: Van McCoy's "The Hustle" is certified gold
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