Today In Oldies Music History: September 12--
Births1931: George Jones
1938: Gloria Jones
1940: Tony Bellamy (Redbone)
1940: Jewel Akens
1943: Maria Muldaur
1944: Barry White
1944: Colin Young (The Foundations)
1952: Gerry Beckley (America)
1952: Neil Peart (Rush)
1956: Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy)
Deaths1997: Stig Anderson
2003: Johnny Cash
2004: Kenny Buttrey
Events1954: Frank Sinatrs scores his first UK #1 with "Three Coins in the Fountain."
1964: Brooklyn's Fox Theatre hosts an all-star concert featuring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations, The Miracles, The Ronettes, The Shangri-La's, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Millie Small.
1966: NBC-TV debuts its new musical comedy show, The Monkees. Designed as a half-hour American version of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, it featured two L.A. folk singers, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, a British stage vet named Davy Jones, and a former child star named Micky Dolenz. The song featured in this episode, "Last Train to Clarksville," is already racing up the charts, but the TV debut vaults it all the way to #1. Four stars are born.
1966: NBC-TV debuts its new musical comedy show, The Monkees. Designed as a half-hour American version of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, it featured two folk singers, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, British stage vet Davy Jones, and a former child star named Micky Dolenz. The songs featured in this episode, "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day" and the Goffin-King song "Take a Giant Step," will not make much impact on the charts, but the band's first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," is already racing up the charts. The next episode would vault it all the way to #1. Four stars are born.
1967: The Beatles continue filming Magical Mystery Tour, with the famed psychedelic bus stopping off in Plymouth, Bodmin, and Newquay. An attempt is made to visit a nearby fair in Widecombe, but scrapped when the bus gets stuck on a bridge while avoiding traffic. That night in Newquay, the band finally decides to do some filming in one spot, rather than their original plan of roaming around the countryside.
1968: The BBC mainstay Top of the Pops is the first to broadcast a "promotional film" of the Beatles' new single, "Hey Jude."
1970: At a gig in New Orleans, Pink Floyd are the victims of thieves who steal $40,000 worth of their equipment.
1970: CBS debuts their new animated series about a female band, Josie and the Pussycats.
1970: The Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert is held at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Woody's son Arlo Guthrie.
1977: Paul and Linda McCartney are the proud parents of their third and last biological child, and only son, James Louis McCartney.
1980: The ABC-TV newsmagazine show 20/20 airs television's first "expose" questioning if Elvis Presley died of drug overdose rather than a heart attack.
1986: The Moody Blues' leader Justin Hayward collapses in Los Angeles and is hospitalized for exhaustion.
1987: Ritchie Valens' music enjoys a revival when the soundtrack to his biopic, La Bamba, hits #1 (although it features his songs done in cover versions by Los Lobos).
1990: Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announce that they have left Fleetwood Mac -- but rejoin just two years later, to play Bill Clinton's Presidential Inauguration.
2001: The Band's Garth Hudson declares bankruptcy for a third time.
2003: The Beatles sue computer giant Apple, asserting that iTunes violates their copyright-infringement agreement not to market music under the apple name.
2007: Led Zeppelin announce plans for what will probably prove to be their last gig together -- a performance at London's O2 Arena to honor Atlantic co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Releases1975: Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Recording1963: The Beatles: "Hold Me Tight," "Little Child," "Don't Bother Me," "I Wanna Be Your Man"
1967: Elvis Presley: "Mine," "Just Call Me Lonesome," "Hi-Heel Sneakers," "You Don't Know Me," "We Call On Him," "You'll Never Walk Alone"
1968: The Beatles, "Glass Onion"