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Today in Oldies Music History: March 17

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Today In Oldies Music History: March 17

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Births

1919: Nat "King" Cole
1935: Adam Wade
1938: Zola Taylor (The Platters)
1941: Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)
1941: Clarence Collins (Little Anthony and the Imperials)
1944: John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)
1944: Bob Johnson (Steeleye Span)
1944: Pat McCauley (Them)
1946: Harold Brown (War)
1948: Patrick Lloyd (The Equals)
1951: Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
1954: Wally Stocker (The Babys)

Deaths

1982: Samuel George Jr. (The Capitols)
1990: Rick Grech (Family, Blind Faith, Traffic)
1996: Terry Stafford
2008: Ola Brunkert (ABBA)
2010: Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star)

Events

1956: Carl Perkins makes his television debut on the ABC variety show Ozark Jamboree.
1956: Rock Around The Clock, starring Little Richard, The Platters, and Bill Haley and his Comets (of course), premieres in Washington DC.
1957: Elvis Presley purchases Memphis' Graceland mansion, featuring 23 rooms and 10,000 square feet of space on 13.8 acres, for $102,500.
1962: In a major development for British rock and roll, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated becomes the Saturday night house band at the Ealing jazz club in London.
1962: Ray Charles starts his own artist-owned record label, Tangerine.
1968: The Bee Gees make their US television debut, performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words" on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show.
1975: At the height of her popularity, Cher makes the cover of Time magazine.
1976: Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's murder case is reopened, largely due to the attention brought upon it by Bob Dylan's recent hit song "Hurricane."
1978: Perhaps the greatest film about the 50's rock and roll scene, American Hot Wax, premieres in Cleveland, featuring performances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Frankie Ford.
1990: That's What Friends Are For, an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall that also serves to celebrate 15 years of the Arista label, features performances by label artists Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Hall and Oates, and Whitney Houston.
2004: Ray Davies of the Kinks is awarded a Commander of the British Empire medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
2006: Beset by financial and legal woes, Michael Jackson closes his Neverland Ranch in California.
2008: Eight years to the day that their romance became public, model and activist Heather Mills is awarded $48.6 million in her divorce settlement from Paul McCartney.

Releases

1962: The Shirelles, "Soldier Boy"
1969: Cream, "Badge"
1977: Elvis Presley, Welcome To My World

Recording

1955: Sarah Vaughan, "Whatever Lola Wants"
1967: The Beatles, "She's Leaving Home"
1967: Bobby Vee, "Come Back When You Grow Up"
1971: Elvis Presley: "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Lady Madonna," "Lead Me, Guide Me"

Charts

1958: The Champs' "Tequila" hits #1
1973: Eric Weissberg's album Dueling Banjos hits #1

Certifications

1969: Eddie Holman's "Hey There Lonely Girl" is certified gold
1970: The Beatles' "Let It Be" is certified gold
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