Today In Oldies Music History: April 14--
Births1933: Buddy Knox
1935: Loretta Lynn
1942: Tony Burrows (Edison Lighthouse)
1945: Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
1946: Patrick Fairley (Marmalade)
1948: Larry Ferguson (Hot Chocolate)
1949: Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner)
1949: June Millington (Fanny)
1949: Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)
Deaths1990: Thurston Harris
1998: Dorothy Squires
2005: Steve Jablecki (Wadsworth Mansion)
2007: Don Ho
Events1956: Bobby Helms auditions for Decca Records and is signed on the spot.
1960: Inspired by the hysteria surrounding Elvis Presley and his Army stint, the musical Bye Bye Birdie, starring Dick Van Dyke, Dick Gautier, and Paul Lynde opens on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre. It will run for 607 performances.
1963: The Beatles visit the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, England, to see an unsigned band called The Rolling Stones.
1965: Elvis Presley's 17th movie, Girl Happy, co-starring Shelley Fabares, opens in US theaters.
1967: ABC-TV airs the final episode of their afternoon rock music variety show Where The Action Is, featuring the house band it made famous, Paul Revere and the Raiders.
1968: Famed producer Phil Spector takes his first wife, Ronnie Bennett of Ronettes fame. The legendarily unhappy marriage will finally end in 1972.
1969: The Monkees' dismal last gasp, the NBC-TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, airs to bad ratings and worse reviews.
1969: In a first for the Academy Awards, the Oscar for Best Actress is a tie: Katherine Hepburn for The Lion In Winter and Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl.
1970: Stephen Stills breaks his wrist while driving into a parked car, forcing the cancellation of CSNY's upcoming American tour.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival makes their live UK debut at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1974: Pete Townshend of the Who makes his solo concert debut at the Roundhouse in London, backed solely by his own pre-recorded audio tapes.
1975: After a long audition process during the recording of their album Black and Blue, and after a slew of rumors about who would fill the position, the Rolling Stones announce former Faces member Ron Wood as their new guitarist, replacing the departed Mick Taylor.
1976: Stevie Wonder signs the largest music contract to that time when he resigns with Motown/Tamla for $13 million.
1976: Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers takes too many Seconal and Valium and nearly dies from the overdose, which he claims is accidental and was brought on by sheer exhaustion from the group's touring and recording schedule.
1980: New Jersey considers a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" the new official state anthem, but eventually designate it as merely the Garden State's "rock anthem."
1980: Olivia Newton John's TV special Olivia's Hollywood Nights, also starring Elton John, The Carpenters, and Andy Gibb, airs on ABC.
1986: Ironton, OH evangelist Jim Brown famously claims that the Mr. Ed theme is just one of many popular songs that contain Satanic backwards messages.
2008: Liverpool's John Moore University names a new Chancellor -- Queen's Brian May.
2009: George Harrison is posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine -- not coincidentally in front of the offices of George's old US label, Capitol.
Releases1955: Fats Domino, "Ain't It A Shame" (a/k/a "Ain't That A Shame")
1967: The Bee Gees, "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)"
Recording1966: The Beatles: "Paperback Writer," "Rain"
1969: The Beatles, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko"
Charts1958: Laurie London's "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" hits #1
1979: The Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" hits #1