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Today in Oldies Music History: April 25

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Today In Oldies Music History: April 25

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Births

1917: Ella Fitzgerald
1923: Albert King
1925: Prentiss Barnes (The Moonglows)
1932: Willis "Gator" Jackson
1933: Jerry Leiber
1944: Michael Kogel (Los Bravos)
1945: Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA)
1945: Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1946: Ronnie Gilbert (Blues Magoos)
1949: Michael Brown (The Left Banke)
1950: Steve Ferrone (Average White Band)

Deaths

2007: Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Events

1955: The UN's commission on narcotics releases a report stating "definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop."
1960: Eddie Cochran is laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, CA.
1970: At today's concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, the interracial band Pacific Gas and Electric is subject to verbal abuse on stage. Later, when they leave the club, four bullets are fired at their van. No one is injured.
1974: According to the new issue of Rolling Stone, "streaking" has become so popular that Yes and Gregg Allman concerts have been interrupted by the fad. At a recent Beach Boys concert, the magazine says, the band was streaked by its own crew.
1977: Elvis Presley performs at the Civic Center in Saginaw, MI, with a mobile unit capturing what would be his very last recording (released on the album Moody Blue).
1977: The musical variety television special Paul Anka -- Music My Way, featuring Natalie Cole, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, and a host of famous cameos, airs on ABC.
1981: Denny Laine leaves the trio Wings, essentially leaving Paul McCartney a solo act once more.
1985: The musical Big River, based on Mark Twain's work and featuring a score by Roger Miller, opens on Broadway. Miller would go on to win a Tony award for the music.
1990: A London auction house sells the Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played the US national anthem at Woodstock for $295,000.
1993: Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of the Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994: After fourteen years, The Eagles reform at Warner's Burbank Studios for the first of what will be two reunion concerts chronicled on the live/studio album Hell Freezes Over.
1994: A judge finds Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes the Isley Brothers' 1966 song of the same name, despite Bolton's protests that he's never heard the song.
1994: Yankee Stadium in New York holds their first "Joe DiMaggio Day," featuring Paul Simon singing "Mrs. Robinson" (and cheers when he gets to the "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" part).
2003: The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2003: Nina Simone is laid to rest in Carry-Le-Rouet, France, with attendees including Miriam Makeba and gifts from luminaries like Elton John.
2004: For the third time in two years, Billy Joel is involved in a minor traffic accident, driving his car into a home in Bayville, Long Island, New York. No one is injured.

Releases

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Recording

1967: The Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour"
1978: Bob Dylan, "Changing Of The Guards"

Charts

1960: Elvis Presley's "Stuck On You" hits #1
1970: The Jackson 5's "ABC" hits #1

Certifications

1973: Sweet's "Little Willy" is certified gold
1978: Queen's "We Are The Champions" is certified gold
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