Today In Oldies Music History: August 25--
Births1913: Bob Crosby
1918: Leonard Bernstein
1933: Wayne Shorter
1941: Christopher Augustine (Every Mother's Son)
1942: Walter Williams (The O'Jays)
1949: Gene Simmons (Kiss)
1950: Willy DeVille
Deaths1979: Stan Kenton
2000: Jack Nitzsche
Events1967: After a two-year bout with stage fright, Beach Boys founder and resident genius Brian Wilson returns to playing live with the band.
1970: Singer-songwriter Elton John begins a seventeen-night run at Los Angeles club The Troubadour, his first US club appearance and a move which will catapult him into pop stardom. On the first night, he is introduced by labelmate Neil Diamond. Quincy Jones and Leon Russell are in the audience, as is future Eagles member Don Henley. The first night's show includes the favorites "Your Song," "Take Me To The Pilot," and "Country Comfort."
1970: Jimi Hendrix throws a party to celebrate the opening of his Electric Lady studios in New York.
1973: Bobby Darin performs what is to be his last concert before his death, appearing at the Vegas Hilton.
1973: Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers, crashes his car near Macon, GA, breaking his leg in the process.
1976: Frankie Avalon's summer replacement variety series, Easy Does It, debuts on CBS-TV.
1977: California governor Jerry Brown appoints singer and longtime environmental activist Helen Reddy to the state's Parks Commission.
1989: Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of the Staple Singers.
1994: Billy Joel is officially divorced from model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.
1994: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin reunite in a London studio to record the concert that would become the MTv special Unledded.
1994: Jimmy Buffett crashes his seaplane while attempting takeoff in Nantucket, MA. Unfortunately, he swims to safety.
2006: Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
2007: While singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.
Releases1973: The Allman Brothers, "Ramblin' Man"
1975: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
1976: Boston, Boston
Recording1941: Skinnay Ennis, "Don’t Let Julia Fool Ya"
Charts1958: The Elegants' "Little Star" hits #1
1962: The Four Seasons' "Sherry" enters the charts
1962: Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" hits #1
1973: The Stories' "Brother Louie" hits #1