Today In Oldies Music History: August 14--
Births1926: Buddy Greco
1940: Dash Crofts (Seals and Crofts)
1941: David Crosby (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
1941: Connie Smith
1942: Lionel Morton (The Four Pennies)
1946: Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone)
1947: George Newsome (Climax Blues Band)
1947: Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span)
Deaths1964: Johnny Burnette
1965: Charles Fizer (The Olympics)
1988: Roy Buchanan
1988: Robert Calvert (Hawkwind)
1992: Tony Williams (The Platters)
Events1956: Washington DC disc jockey Bob Rickman forms the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley after reading too many news articles that make him out to be a hick and/or a threat to society.
1958: At approximately 3:00 am, Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, dies at age 46 from a heart attack brought on by hepatitis. His father, Vernon, calls Elvis immediately and he rushes to her bedside, wailing loudly and praying over her lifeless body. Elvis refuses an autopsy. Gladys' body is transported to Graceland and will lie in state there for two days, with her son simply staring at her, until Vernon insists she be buried.
1962: With producer George Martin unhappy with his drumming (and, some say, the group unhappy about his teen idol looks), Pete Best is officially let go from the Beatles. Manager Brian Epstein doesn't tell him until three days later, however, after one more performance at Liverpool's Cavern Club, giving him no real reason for the sacking and cutting off contact with the other members of the group. (Lennon admitted to the group's "cowardly" handling of the event in a later interview.) Ringo Starr, drummer for fellow Liverpool scenemakers Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, is asked to join the group.
1966: The Catholic Herald of London runs an editorial describing John Lennon's recent "bigger than Jesus" remark as "arrogant," while admitting it was a generally accurate remark. However, the Vatican paper of record, L'Osservatore Romano, accepts Lennon's public apology of a few days earlier.
1967: Britain's new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act goes into effect, forcing all but one of the country's famous "pirate" (i.e., unlicensed) radio stations off the air. Radio Caroline remains on the air for another six months or so.
1970: After being found crawling along a motel hallway in La Jolla, CA, incoherent and "combative," Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash is arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates.
1971: Diana Ross becomes the proud mother of her first child, Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein; Ross soon marries her manager, Robert Ellis Silberstein, a few days later to mask the fact that the baby is actually the child of Motown's currently married founder, Berry Gordy.
1981: Four years after his untimely death, a Memphis judge rules that Elvis Presley's estate is no longer financially beholden to his manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker.
1985: Acting on the advice of his good friend Paul McCartney to invest his Thriller money in music publishing, Michael Jackson secretly makes a winning bid of $47.5 million for the rights to over 250 Lennon-McCartney Beatles songs owned by ATV publishing. When he finds out, McCartney is livid, stating "I think it's dodgy to do things like that. To be someone's friend and then buy the rug they're standing on."
1991: Tony Orlando and his wife Francine become the proud parents of their first child, Jenny Rose.
1992: Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy.
1994: Clifton Clowers, the real-life Tennessee mountain man who was the subject of Claude King's 1964 country smash "Wolverton Mountain," dies at the ripe old age of 101, still on the mountain (which is actually spelled "Woolverton"). Clowers apparently couldn't keep suitors away from his daughters as well as the legend suggested, as he leaves behind fifteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
1995: The Grateful Dead meet and decide to break up after the recent tragedy of founder/leader Jerry Garcia's death.
1999: Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads guilty to drug possession in Los Angeles and is ordered into rehab.
Releases1965: The McCoys, "Hang On Sloopy"
1971: Rod Stewart, "Maggie May"
1976: Nick Lowe, "So It Goes"
1976: The Steve Miller Band, "Rock 'N Me"
Recording1964: The Beatles: "I'm A Loser," "Mr. Moonlight"
1968: The Beatles, "Yer Blues"
1971: Elton John: "Indian Sunset," "Rotten Peaches," "Madman Across The Water"
Charts1961: Wanda Jackson's "Right Or Wrong" enters the charts
1965: Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1
1975: Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" enters the charts
Certifications1970: Elvis Presley's "The Wonder Of You" is certified gold
1974: Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" is certified gold