Today In Oldies Music History: August 22--
Births1917: John Lee Hooker
1926: Bob Flanagan (The Four Freshmen)
1938: Dale Hawkins
1939: Fred Milano (The Belmonts)
1942: Joe Chambers (The Chambers Brothers)
1945: Ron Dante (The Archies, The Cuff Links, The Detergents)
1946: Gary "Mutha" Withem (Gary Puckett and the Union Gap)
1947: Donna Godchaux (The Grateful Dead)
1948: David Marks (The Beach Boys)
1949: Sam Neely
1958: Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers)
Deaths1990: David Rose
Events1906: The Victor Talking Machine Company, headquartered in Camden, NJ, begins manufacturing the world's first mass-market home record player, the Victrola. Price: $200.
1938: America's most famous dancing partners, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, appear together on the cover of Life magazine.
1956: Elvis begins shooting his first movie, Love Me Tender, a Civil War drama that has been renamed from The Reno Brothers in order to capitalize on his new single. Elvis is billed third, but his role, originally offered to Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter, is beefed up to match his new popularity.
1956: The Frank Tashlin-directed film The Girl Can't Help It has its Hollywood premiere. Featuring performances by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, The Platters, Fats Domino, and Julie London, this comedy is usually considered the best of the Fifties' rock and roll movies.
1960: Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never," an English-language cover of the Neapolitan standard "O Sole Mio," finally gets its copyright cleared for release in the UK.
1962: Granada Television films the Beatles during a lunchtime gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club for the show Know The North, representing what was then thought to be their very first filmed performance. It was not aired at the time. At the end of one song, fans can be heard shouting "We want Pete!" in reference to drummer Pete Best, who'd just been kicked out of the group.
1963: EMI announces a half-million advance orders in Britain for the Beatles' upcoming single, "She Loves You."
1964: Alvin and the Chipmunks' label, Liberty, reports that their cover album of Beatles songs is moving 25,000 copies a day.
1965: Awaiting their favorite group at Granada Television's Manchester, England studios, over 200 screaming Rolling Stones fans break through security barriers, causing the security guards on duty to turn the fire hoses on them.
1968: Having come home from vacation to find her husband in bed with Yoko Ono, John Lennon's first wife Cynthia files for divorce -- one day before their sixth anniversary.
1969: The Beatles hold their very last photographic shoot as a group, occurring on the lawn of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's home in Tittenhurst in Ascot, England.
1970: Songwriter Elton John signs with Uni, a division of MCA, as a solo act.
1970: Eric Clapton's loose assemblage of musician friends, dubbed Derek and the Dominoes back in June, begin recording their only album, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.
1985: Rick Nelson and Fats Domino begin filming the PBS-TV special Rockin' With Rick And Fats, which will turn out to be Nelson's last television appearance before his untimely death in a plane crash.
1988: The TV documentary Aretha Franklin: Queen Of Soul airs on PBS.
1998: During his show at the Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center) in Anaheim, CA, Elton John is joined onstage by fan Jim Carrey, who duets with him on a perfectly serious version of "Rocket Man." Carrey then sits at the piano and plays it by bashing his head onto the keys.
2001: At attack of severe bronchitis causes Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks to cancel two upcoming shows.
2003: Norwegian Elvis impersonator Kjell Bjornestad set a new world record by performing the King's repetoire for 26 straight hours.
2004: Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the phrase "Elvis has left the building" while working the King's Seventies concerts, dies in a car crash en route home from a Californian Elvis convention.
Releases1964: Martha and the Vandellas, "Dancing In The Streets"
Recording1938: Count Basie, "Jumpin’ At The Woodside"
1967: The Beatles, "Your Mother Should Know"
1968: The Beatles, "Back In The USSR"
Charts1960: The Five Satins' "In The Still Of The Nite" enters the charts
1964: The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?" hits #1
1970: Bread's "Make It With You" hits #1
1970: Anne Murray's "Snowbird" enters the charts