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Today in Oldies Music History: April 24

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Today In Oldies Music History: April 24

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Births

1928: Johnny Griffin
1933: Freddie Scott
1934: Shirley Boone
1942: Barbra Streisand
1943: Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys)
1945: Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1947: Ann Kelly (The Hues Corporation)
1948: Steve York (Manfred Mann)

Deaths

2001: Al Hibbler

Events

1954: Keeping an eye on the new trends, an article in this week's Billboard is entitled "Teenagers Demand Music With A Beat - Spur Rhythm And Blues."
1959: After running on Saturday nights on radio for 24 years and TV for the last nine, the final installment of the musical countdown show Your Hit Parade airs on NBC. The final Top Five: Elvis Presley, "I Need Your Love Tonight" (#5), Brook Benton, "It's Just A Matter Of Time" (#4), Ricky Nelson, "Never Be Anyone Else But You" (#3), Dodie Stevens, "Pink Shoe Laces" (#2), and the Fleetwoods at #1 with "Come Softly To Me."
1961: Bob Dylan makes his first recording -- playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's song "Calypso King." He's paid fifty dollars.
1963: An 18-year-old Brenda Lee marries Ronnie Shacklett, one year her senior, in Nashville a mere six months after meeting him at a Jackie Wilson concert. 46 years later, the two are still together.
1968: The newly-formed Apple Records decides not to sign a young talent named David Bowie.
1970: Having been invited to a White House dinner by Tricia Nixon, daughter of US President Richard Nixon, the Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick brings radical Abbie Hoffman with her, in an attempt to secretly dose Tricia with LSD during the meal. Hoffman is turned away at the door by Secret Service agents, causing Slick to leave as well.
1976: In a parody of recent public offers, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels goes on air and offers the Beatles the whopping sum of $3,000 if they agree to reunite on the hits NBC-TV show. And it almost happens: Paul, visiting John in his New York apartment for what would turn out to be the last time, is watching the skit with John, and both consider going across town to the studio live. However, the duo decide they're too tired.
1979: Governor George Busbee of Georgia issues a proclamation declaring Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" the new official state song. Ray Charles sings his famous version at the ceremony.
1984: With questions still lingering about the death of his fifth wife, Shawn Stephens, Jerry Lee Lewis marries his sixth, Kerrie McCarver, the 22-year-old president of his fan club.
1992: The Cleveland Orchestra sues Michael Jackson for $7 million after it discovers the singer used part of their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on his hit album Dangerous.
1992: David Bowie marries his second wife, model Iman, in Switzerland.
1992: In his hometown of Inglewood, NJ, Wilson Pickett drives his car through the mayor's front yard, yelling death threats at the house and accidentally running over an 86-year-old man. He is later arrested and found with open containers of alcohol in his car.
2005: After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.
2007: US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with the Stones on a tour, books it first.

Releases

1957: Ricky Nelson, "I'm Walkin'"
1958: Dion and the Belmonts, "I Wonder Why"
1959: The Drifters, "There Goes My Baby"
1970: Ringo Starr, Sentimental Journey
1972: John Lennon, "Woman Is The N***er Of The World"
1974: David Bowie, Diamond Dogs

Recording

1958: Bobby Darin, "Early In The Morning"
1969: Bob Dylan: "Living The Blues," "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue"

Charts

1961: Del Shannon's "Runaway" hits #1
1965: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders' "Game Of Love" hits #1
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's LP 4 Way Street hits #1
1976: Wings' LP At The Speed Of Sound hits #1

Certifications

1969: The Cowsills' "Hair" is certified gold
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