Today In Oldies Music History: April 30--
Births1923: Percy Heath
1925: Johnny Horton
1933: Willie Nelson
1941: Johnny Farina (Santo and Johnny)
1943: Bobby Vee
1944: Richard Shoff (The Sandpipers)
1945: Mimi Farina
1948: Wayne Kramer (MC5)
1953: Merrill Osmond (The Osmonds)
Deaths1966: Richard Farina
1982: Lester Bangs
1983: Muddy Waters
1999: Darrell Sweet (Nazareth)
2007: Zola Taylor (The Platters)
Events1941: Jazz giant Charlie Parker makes his first appearance on wax, blowing on Jay McShann's song "Swingmatism."
1953: Frank Sinatra begins working with his new arranger, Nelson Riddle.
1965: Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965: Herman's Hermits make their US stage debut, with the Zombies as opening act.
1968: Organist Al Kooper announces he's leaving Blood Sweat and Tears.
1968: The Cilla Black Show, featuring the theme song "Step Inside Love" written by Paul McCartney, debuts on the BBC, making Cilla the first Englishwoman with her own TV show.
1970: Allman Brothers tour manager Twiggs Lyndon is arrested for stabbing a club manager to death over a contract dispute. Incredibly, Lyndon gets off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the tour manager for the Allman Brothers.
1976: Bruce Springsteen, fresh from a Memphis concert, attempts to vault a fence at Graceland to see his idol, Elvis Presley, but is quickly escorted away by security.
1976: The Who's Keith Moon pays $100 to nine different New York cabdrivers to block off a full city block, allowing the drummer to throw all his furniture through the hotel room window and onto the street.
1977: Led Zeppelin break the single-act attendance record for a concert when 76,229 fans pay to see them at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, breaking the previous record set by the Who, also set at the Silverdome.
1980: Roger Daltrey of the Who premieres his first major acting vehicle, the crime drama film McVicar.
1983: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original Sixties incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.
1988: For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP Dark Side Of The Moon leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later.
2002: Roger Daltrey guest stars a music teacher on tonight's "That '70s Musical" episode of Fox-TV's That 70's Show.
2003: Sixties soul icon Earl King is buried in his hometown of New Orleans with an authentic jazz funeral. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton send their condolences.
2004: Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, also including extortion and false imprisonment.
2004: Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It will be the last public appearance he ever makes.
Releases1977: The Steve Miller Band, "Jet Airliner"
Recording1940: Jimmy Dorsey, "Contrasts"
1957: Elvis Presley: "Jailhouse Rock," "Young And Beautiful"
1960: Fats Domino, "Walking To New Orleans"
1962: The Orlons, "Wah Watusi"
1969: The Beatles: "Let It Be," "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)"
1979: Bob Dylan, "Trouble In Mind"
Charts1955: Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" hits #1
1966: The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" hits #1
1977: Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" hits #1