Today In Oldies Music History: August 30--
Births1919: Kitty Wells
1939: John Peel
1935: "Papa" John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas)
1941: John McNally (The Searchers)
1944: Charles Colbert (The American Breed)
1950: Micky Moody (Juicy Lucy, Whitesnake)
1952: Kenny Andrews (The Darts)
1954: Ronald Beitle (Wild Cherry)
Deaths1988: "Papa Dee" Allen (War)
1995: Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground)
Events1959: Brill Building songwriter Carole King, already two months pregnant, marries her writing partner Gerry Goffin in New York City. The marriage lasts nine years.
1963: Jerry Lee Lewis welcomes his second child with wife (and cousin) Myra Gale Brown, a daughter named Phoebe, who would later become the Killer's manager.
1963: The Beatles are filmed for a English documentary on the "Mersey Beat" scene; some of this footage ends up being broadcast on NBC-TV's Jack Parr Show, which represents America's first broadcast of the group performing.
1963: ABC-TV's American Bandstand airs its final weekday show, becoming a weekly, rather than daily, show and moving to Saturdays for the rest of its run.
1965: The Beatles perform at their second Hollywood Bowl show of 1965, seven songs of which will make it to the eventual Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl LP released in 1977.
1969: The second annual Isle of Wight Festival takes place in England just two weeks after the triumphant Woodstock concert, featuring Bob Dylan, The Who, The Band, Joe Cocker, Free, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle and The Pretty Things.
1972: The "One on One" benefit concert for mentally disabled children, instituted by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the behest of friend Geraldo Rivera, takes place in New York City's Madison Square Garden, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Sha Na Na, and the duo themselves, who played many of their new "protest" songs at the event (later issued on the LP Live In New York City). The show raises somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter million dollars for Willowbrook Handicapped Children's Home.
1973: After two years and two unsuccessful albums without deceased former frontman Jim Morrison, the Doors officially break up.
1975: Free's guitarist, Paul Kossoff, goes into a drug-induced coma and is legally dead for over 35 minutes, supposedly revived only after stirring at the morgue.
1988: Brenda Lee sues MCA for back royalties totaling over $20 million, but the suit is eventually settled out of court for an unknown amount.
1988: After tabloids publish photos of Bruce Springsteen, already married to actress Julianne Phillips, frolicking with back up singer Patti Scialfa, Phillips files for divorce. (Springsteen married Scialfa two years later.)
1989: Billy Joel fires Frank Weber as his manager after discovering an alleged $90 million Weber had embezzled from his savings. Weber was the brother of Joel's ex-wife and former business manager Elizabeth Weber Small.
1990: Canadian-born singer Paul Anka finally becomes a US citizen in Las Vegas, but finds his car has been towed away during the naturalization service.
1991: Jan Berry of Jan and Dean marries his second wife, Gertie Filip, onstage during a concert at Las Vegas' Stardust Hotel.
1991: In a rush to make her performance at the Grand Ole Opry, country legend Dottie West is critically injured in a car crash near the Opry itself and dies five days later.
1993: Billy Joel appears as the first musical guest on David Letterman's new talk show, CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman.
1995: James Taylor and ex-wife Carly Simon reunite onstage for the first time in 16 years for a benefit concert in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Recording1961: Gene Chandler, "Duke Of Earl"
1968: The Beatles, "Dear Prudence"
Charts1959: Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" enters the charts
1975: Orleans' "Dance With Me" enters the charts
1975: KC and the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" hits #1