Today In Oldies Music History: August 11--
Births1925: Mike Douglas
1942: Mike Hugg (Manfred Mann)
1942: Guy Villari (The Regents)
1943: Kenny Gamble
1943: Jim Kale (The Guess Who)
1943: Denis Payton (The Dave Clark Five)
1948: Bill Hurd (The Rubettes)
1949: Eric Carmen (The Raspberries)
1950: Eric Braunn (Iron Butterfly)
1954: Bryan Bassett (Wild Cherry)
Deaths1996: Mel Taylor (The Ventures)
2006: Mike Douglas
Events1963: The Kingston Trio appear as the celebrity "mystery guests" on CBS-TV's What's My Line?.
1964: The Who, temporarily known as the High Numbers, take the stage at Harrow, England's Railway Hotel, but not before lead singer Roger Daltrey is involved in a fistfight with his father-in-law just outside.
1964: The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, has its US premiere in New York City.
1966: The Beatles fly to Chicago to begin their last world tour and give a press conference at the Astor Towers Hotel at which John Lennon attempts to apologize for his recent "bigger than Jesus" remarks: "If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it... originally I was pointing out that fact in reference to England-- that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact... I'm not saying that we're better, or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is, you know. I just said what I said and it was wrong, or was taken wrong. And now it's all this..." Paul: "And this is the point-- you know, this is why we're getting in all these messes with saying things. Because, you know, we're just trying to move forwards. And people seem to be trying to just sort of hold us back and not want us to say anything that's vaguely sort of, you know, inflammatory... I think it's better for everyone if we're just honest about the whole thing." George: "Well, in the context that it was meant -- it was the fact that Christianity is declining, and everybody knows about that, and that was the fact that was trying to be made... I agree that it's on the wane." Ringo: "Well, I just hope it's all over now, you know. I hope everyone's straightened out, and it's finished."
1969: Diana Ross holds a party for 350 at Beverly Hills' Daisy Club to announce her discovery of the singing group the Jackson 5 -- even though Gladys Knight actually recommended them to Motown head Berry Gordy. That night, the group gains even more exposure by performing at the first Miss Black America pageant.
1972: The mayor of San Antonio, TX, declares today "Cheech and Chong Day" after the popular comedy duo, although neither was born anywhere near the city.
1973: Rather than join Paul McCartney in traveling to Nigeria to record the band's latest album, Band On The Run, Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell both quit Wings, forcing Paul, wife Linda, and Denny Laine to record the album as a trio.
1976: Keith Moon of the Who is hospitalized after having a complete mental breakdown and trashing his room at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami, FL.
1982: Donna Summer has her first daughter, Amada Grace Sudano, with husband Bruce Sudano.
1986: Thanks to MTV's repeated marathons of their Sixties TV show, six vintage albums by The Monkees re-enter the Billboard album charts.
1987: Rolling Stone magazine declares the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the last twenty years.
1989: Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in Holmdel, NJ, to sing four songs: "Get Back," "Long Tall Sally," "Photograph," and "With A Little Help From My Friends."
1992: The vast Mall of America opens in Bloomington, MN with Ray Charles on hand to sing his famous version of "America The Beautiful."
1997: Sonny West, Red West, Lamar Fike and Marty Lacker, four of the biggest members of Elvis' "Memphis Mafia," recall the King in a one-time-only webchat.
1999: KISS are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Releases1962: The Beach Boys, "Surfin' Safari"
1962: Tony Bennett, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
1962: Booker T. and the M.G.s, "Green Onions"
1962: The Contours, "Do You Love Me"
1962: The Marvelettes, "Beechwood 4-5789"
1962: Ray Stevens, "Ahab The Arab"
1962: Mary Wells, "You Beat Me To The Punch"
1973: The Edgar Winter Group, "Free Ride"
Recording1941: Glenn Miller, "Elmer's Tune"
1964: The Beatles, "Baby's In Black"
1969: The Beatles: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Oh! Darling," "Here Comes The Sun"