Today In Oldies Music History: August 23--
Births1912: Gene Kelly
1917: Tex Williams
1936: Rudy Lewis (The Drifters)
1941: Pete Shannon (The Nashville Teens)
1942: Tony "Spaghetti" Micale (The Reflections)
1942: Roger Greenaway (Blue Mink)
1946: Jim Sohns (The Shadows Of Knight)
1946: Keith Moon (The Who)
1949: Rick Springfield
1951: Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers)
Deaths2005: Hal Kalin (The Kalin Twins)
Events1962: John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell, already two months pregnant with their son Julian, at Liverpool's Mount Pleasant Registry Office, with Paul McCartney and George Harrison as witnesses. Fans milling about the offices find out about the marriage immediately, spoiling plans to keep it a secret. Manager Brian Epstein, who had served as best man, then buys lunch for the wedding party at the local cafeteria Reece's and gives the new couple use of his apartment. The marriage would last six years. On the same day, local paper Mersey Beat officially announces the replacement of Pete Best with Ringo Starr.
1964: The Beatles play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, a concert which is recorded for a planned upcoming live album. However, the resultant sound quality is so poor due to screaming teenagers that it sits on the shelf until 1977, when the LP The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is released, combining songs from this show and a similar Hollywood Bowl gig a year later. (Some applause from the tapes, however, was used on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, at the start of "With A Little Help From My Friends" and also tacked on to the end of the title track's reprise to suggest the end of the "concert.")
1965: The Beatles' second film, Help! has its US premiere in New York City.
1966: During their last tour of the US, the Beatles again play New York's famed Shea Stadium; however, numerous recent concerts in the area make selling out the show an impossibility.
1968: Disgusted by the acrimonious "White Album" sessions, Ringo Starr becomes the first band member to temporarily leave the Beatles, heading off to vacation in Sardinia. While there, he gets the idea for "Octopus's Garden" from a boat captain who tells him how the creatures create "gardens" for themselves out of shiny objects. While gone, Paul records the drum tracks for "Back In The USSR" and "Dear Prudence"; after a few days, Ringo returns to find flowers surrounding his drum kit in apology, and decides to stick it out.
1970: The Velvet Underground play their famous final show at Max's Kansas City in New York.
1974: The local papers report that John Lennon, while staying in mistress' May Pang's New York apartment during his infamous "lost weekend," has spotted a UFO. John's next album, Walls and Bridges, contains this notation in the inner booklet: "On 23 August 1974, I saw a UFO J.L."
1987: A 20th anniversary "Summer Of Love" concert headlined by the Grateful Dead at Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angel Camp, CA goes horribly wrong when an escaped felon, wandering in the crowd, shoots a pursuing police officer while trying to escape.
1993: News of Michael Jackson's child molestation investigation is finally made public by the Los Angeles police.
1999: Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers marries his third wife, Patti Arnold, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
2000: Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004: Queen becomes the first band officially sanctioned by the Iranian government since the 1979 cultural revolution that outlawed rock groups. Lead singer Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar of Indian parents, had remained quite popular in the country.
2005: Bay City Rollers' lead singer Les McKeown is arraigned on cocaine possession and distribution charges in London. He is eventually acquitted of the intent to distribute.
2007: Queen guitarist Brian May is finally awarded his doctorate in astrophysics by London's Imperial College -- the very Ph. D. title he was seeking when he left the college during the band's first flush of success.
Recording1954: Perez Prado, "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White"
1967: The Beatles, "Your Mother Should Know"
1968: The Beatles, "Back In The USSR"
Charts1969: The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" hits #1
1969: Johnny Cash's LP Johnny Cash At San Quentin hits #1
1975: Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds' "Fallin' In Love" hits #1
Certifications1965: The Beatles LP Help! is certified gold
1978: Steve Martin's "King Tut" is certified gold