Today In Oldies Music History: August 24--
Births1905: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
1915: Wynonie Harris
1924: Louis Teicher (Ferrante and Teicher)
1938: Mason Williams
1938: David Frieberg (Jefferson Airplane)
1941: Ernest Wright (Little Anthony and the Imperials)
1942: Marshall Donald Thompson (The Chi-Lites)
1942: Carl Mann
1942: Jimmy Soul
1943: John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1944: Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
1944: Jim Brady (The Sandpipers)
1945: Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
1945: Malcolm Duncan (Average White Band)
1947: Jim Fox (James Gang)
1948: Jean-Michel Jarre
1951: Michael Derosier (Heart)
Deaths1978: Louis Prima
1998: Gene Page
Events1956: Little Richard plays the Cotton Club in Lubbock, TX, making an indelible impression on audience member Buddy Holly.
1964: Taking him up on his telegram invitation to help out in any way he can in America, Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets Elvis Presley manager "Colonel" Tom Parker for the first time when they have lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
1967: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and their entourage attend a lecture by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the lobby of the London Hilton. The Maharishi (as he would come to be known) entrances the Beatles with his philosophy of TM, or Transcendental Meditation, which involves mental repetition of a single word or phrase to center the mind and relax the body. After the lecture, the three Beatles meet the Maharishi and accept his invitation to attend his next lecture in Bangor, Wales.
1967: Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, drives his Lincoln Continental (not a Rolls Royce, as is often thought), into the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI to celebrate his 21st birthday, earning the entire band a lifetime ban from the chain.
1969: Folksinger Arlo Guthrie's film Alice's Restaurant, based on his hit song of the same name, premieres in both Los Angeles and New York.
1969: John Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal entitled "Cold Turkey," where he also puts into practice his recent introduction to "primal scream" therapy. Fans and critics are shocked and appalled by the emotionally raw recording, a prelude to his eventual Plastic Ono Band album.
1977: Country legend Waylon Jennings is arrested for cocaine possession in New York City by federal agents, an event which will inspire his song "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got out of Hand?" The charges are later dropped.
1981: John Lennon's killer is given a sentence of 20-years-to-life in prison, where he will be denied parole five times over the next 27 years.
1983: Jerry Lee Lewis' fifth wife, Shawn Michelle Stevens, dies of a methadone overdose at the Killers' home in Nesbit, MS, although several journalists suspect foul play. The couple had only been married three months. Lewis' fourth wife had died an accidental death only a year earlier.
1989: The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).
1998: 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.
2007: During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, FL, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.
2007: Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders opens Mark Lindsay's Rock And Roll Cafe in his native Portland, OR.
Releases1964: The Beatles, "Matchbox" b/w "Slow Down"
Recording1956: Elvis Presley: "Love Me Tender," "We're Gonna Move"
1966: The Youngbloods, "Get Together"
Charts1943: Frank Sinatra's "In The Blue Of The Evening" hits #1
1959: The Browns' "The Three Bells" hits #1
1963: Stevie Wonder's LP Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius hits #1
1974: Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" hits #1