Today In Oldies Music History: August 28--
Births1925: Donald O'Connor
1925: Billy Grammer
1931: Clem Cattini (The Tornadoes)
1937: John Perkins (The Crew Cuts)
1943: Anne "Honey" Lantree (The Honeycombs)
1943: David Soul
1946: Ken Andrew (Middle Of The Road)
1948: Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
1949: Martin Lamble (Fairport Convention)
1951: Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds)
Deaths1981: Guy Stevens
Events1960: A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now Or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.
1963: Just before Dr. Martin Luther King gives his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Peter, Paul and Mary serenade the crowd with their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind."
1964: On the same day that the Beatles make their first appearance on the cover of Life Magazine, and just after finishing their set at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the group is taken back to their suite at the city's Hotel Delmonico. Journalist Al Aronowitz arrives from Woodstock, NY with his friend Bob Dylan, and brings him up to the suite. John Lennon asks the folk singer what he'd like to drink, and Dylan replies simply, "cheap wine."
The Beatles offer Dylan their drug of choice, speed, but Al and Bob instead suggest marijuana, which the band had never tried. This shocks Dylan, who ventures that he always thought the band sang "I get high" in their song "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." John corrects him, telling him that the phrase is, in fact, "I can't hide."
John makes Ringo smoke the joint first, and eventually each member of the band gets his own private marijuana cigarette. Paul, in particular, is quite taken with the thoughts it produces, ordering Mal Evans to follow him around with a notepad and take down all his pronouncements.
1965: The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.
1967: In San Francisco, The Grateful Dead, along with Janis Joplin's group Big Brother and the Holding Company, play the funeral of a Hell's Angel killed after being hit by a car.
1969: Paul and Linda McCartney become the proud parents of their first child, a daughter they name Mary after Paul's dear departed mother.
1984: With over one million ticket sales in only two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, entitled Victory, becomes the most successful concert tour of all time.
1986: The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, CA, featuring members of the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young.
1986: Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996: Isaac Hayes officially protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man" (which he wrote) by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign (which had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man").
1998: The movie Why Do Fools Fall In Love, a biopic following the lives of The Teenagers and their leader, Frankie Lymon, opens in US theaters, starring Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, and Larenz Tate as Frankie. Little Richard and Ben Vereen also make cameos. The movie is not a huge success.
2004: Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate in from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."
2005: For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.
Releases1961: The Marvelettes, "Please Mister Postman"
Recording1931: Luis Russell Orchestra, "You Rascal, You"
1968: The Beatles, "Dear Prudence"
Charts1961: Joe Dowell's "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" hits #1
Certifications1968: The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" is certified gold
1973: Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" is certified gold