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Today in Oldies Music History: April 6

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Today In Oldies Music History: April 6

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Births

1916: "Pappy" Wade Ray
1924: Dorothy Donegan
1927: Gerry Mulligan
1929: Andre Previn
1937: Merle Haggard
1942: Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream)
1944: John Stax (The Pretty Things)
1944: Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas)
1947: Tony Connor (Hot Chocolate)

Deaths

1984: Ral Donner
1998: Tammy Wynette
2004: Niki Sullivan (The Crickets)

Events

1956: Having impressed Paramount Studios with his screen test five days earlier, Elvis Presley is signed to a seven-year, three-picture deal worth nearly half a million dollars.
1960: The Everly Brothers begin their first European tour at London's New Victoria Theatre.
1962: Russia's official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new "twist" dance craze.
1963: Fats Domino leaves Imperial Records for his new home, ABC-Paramount.
1968: Founding member Syd Barrett, already in a mental downward spiral from LSD abuse, leaves Pink Floyd.
1969: Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves the Kinks.
1971: The Rolling Stones unveil their new custom record label, Rolling Stones Records, which also features the group's new logo, the infamous tongue-and-lips "pop art" drawing created by London graphic artist John Pasche.
1972: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz guest stars as himself in tonight's "Barbara Lost" episode of ABC-TV's My Three Sons.
1971: Carly Simon is introduced to James Taylor backstage after her concert at Los Angeles' famous Troubadour nightclub. Instantly smitten, they would marry in November of 1972.
1974: After initially arguing with his record company about releasing it as a single ("it's the same thing over and over"), Billy Joel gets his first Top 40 hit with "Piano Man."
1974: ABBA become European stars overnight when their composition "Waterloo" wins the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
1974: California's biggest annual rock concert, the California Jam, has its debut in Ontario, CA, featuring performances by The Eagles, Earth Wind and Fire, Seals and Crofts, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Black Oak Arkansas performing for a crowd of 200,000.
1974: The concert documentary Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, the first-ever such film with a quadraphonic soundtrack, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
1975: Labelle performs their recent hit, "Lady Marmalade," on CBS-TV's Cher show.
1979: In Beverly Hills, Rod Stewart marries George Hamilton's ex-wife, Alana. The couple would divorce in 1984.
1983: Ronald Reagan's secretary of the Interior, James Watt, cancels an appearance by The Beach Boys at Washington DC's Independence Day festivities, infamously stating that the band would attract "an undesirable element."
1984: Longtime E Street Band guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt, a/k/a Little Steven, announces he's leaving the group. He will return in 1995.
1985: Gilbert O'Sullivan wins a two-million-dollar judgment against his manager, Gordon Mills, for royalties owed him on his 1972 smash "Alone Again Naturally."
1991: Ringo Starr guest stars as himself in tonight's "Brush With Greatness" episode of Fox-TV's The Simpsons.
1992: George Harrison performs his first full live solo concert since 1969, appearing in London in a benefit for the Natural Law political party.
1997: The Michael Jackson short film/theme ride Captain EO is shown for the last time at Disneyland.
1998: Chubby Checker, Lesley Gore, Fabian, and Dick Clark all guest star as themselves in tonight's "Opus One" episode of CBS-TV's Murphy Brown.
1999: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore Presidential fundraiser, with Gore's wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.

Releases

1965: Elvis Presley, "Crying In The Chapel"
1971: The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar"

Recording

1925: Eddie Cantor, "If You Knew Susie"
1963: Bobby Darin, "18 Yellow Roses"
1963: The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie"
1965: The Beach Boys, "California Girls"
1966: The Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Charts

1957: Perry Como's "Round And Round" hits #1
1959: Fabian's "Turn Me Loose" enters the charts
1965: Simon and Garfunkel's soundtrack LP The Graduate hits #1
1974: Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling" hits #1

Certifications

1973: The Stylistics' "Break Up To Make Up" is certified gold
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