Today In Oldies Music History: August 29--
Births1920: Charlie "Bird" Parker
1924: Dinah Washington
1942: Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground)
1943: Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1945: Chris Copping (Procol Harum)
1953: Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult)
1958: Michael Jackson
Deaths1976: Jimmy Reed
1998: Charlie Feathers
2006: "Jumpin'" Gene Simmons
Events1958: The first of Alan Freed's Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York's Fox Theatre, featuring Chuck Berry, Billy Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton.
1959: When the Les Stewart Quartet breaks up just before its opening-night gig at the new Liverpool hotspot the Casbah, Quartet guitarist George Harrison recommends local skiffle group the Quarrymen, on the verge of breaking up and down to two members: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Harrison joins the group, which still has no drummer, that night.
1962: Elvis' tenth movie, Kid Galahad, opens in US theaters, featuring the King as an amateur boxer. Charles Bronson also stars.
1964: In a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they've been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
1966: The last episode of ABC-TV's musical variety show Hullabaloo airs, featuring guest stars Lesley Gore, Paul Anka, Peter and Gordon, and The Cyrkle.
1966: The Beatles play the last live gig for a paying audience, winding up their last world tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The show, which ends with a cover of Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," is filmed by Beatles press officer Tony Barrow. Afterwardsm George Harrison is heard half-joking, "Well, that's it. I'm not a Beatle anymore."
1969: Bob Seger divorces his first wife after only ten months of marriage.
1977: Three men are arrested in Memphis after attempting to steal Elvis Presley's recently-deceased body from a Memphis mausoleum, causing the Presley family to move his body to its present location in the "meditation garden" at Graceland.
1986: The American Bandstand studio located at 4548 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.
1990: Elton John enters rehab in Chicago to combat his bulimia and his various drug and alcohol addictions.
1995: The US Internal Revenue Service places a lien on Aretha Franklin's home for $600,000 in back taxes.
1999: HBO premieres Cher: Live In Concert From Las Vegas.
2005: Fats Domino, now 77, is rescued from his Ninth Ward home in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Releases1964: Roy Orbison, "Oh, Pretty Woman"
1970: The Kinks, "Lola"
Recording1946: Ella Fitzgerald, "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight"
1966: The Youngbloods, "Get Together"
1968: The Beatles, "Dear Prudence"