Today In Oldies Music History: August 8--
Births1907: Benny Carter
1921: Webb Pierce
1923: Jimmy Witherspoon
1926: Urbie Green
1932: Mel Tillis
1933: Joe Tex
1938: Connie Stevens
1939: Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers)
1942: John David (Dr. Hook)
1944: Michael Johnson
1949: Keith Carradine
1949: Airrion Love (The Stylistics)
1950: Andy Fairweather-Low (Amen Corner)
Deaths1975: Cannonball Adderley
Events1923: A fourteen-year-old clarinet player named Benny Goodman lands his first professional gig, playing for a cruise ship operating on Lake Michigan near Chicago.
1958: Bing Crosby and wife Kathryn announce the birth of their first child (and Bing's fifth overall), Harry Lillis Crosby III.(Harry is Bing's real first name.)
1960: Decca Records in England refuses to release Ray Peterson's latest single, "Tell Laura I Love Her," going so far as to throw away 25,000 pressings of the teen-tragedy song, which they felt was "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility." A cover by Ricky Valance proves them wrong by going straight to Number One. (The grisly song, in which a stock-car driver mutters the title words before he dies, ironically only reaches #7 in America.)
1969: Photographer Iain MacMillan shoots the cover for what would be the Beatles' last recorded album, Abbey Road, just outside the studios of the same name where the band recorded most of its classic songs. The photo, which merely shows the band crossing the street while walking away from the studio, has become iconic in its own right, and provides "Paul Is Dead" enthusiasts with several erroneous "clues" to his "death," including the fact that Paul is barefoot. (Supposedly this represents a corpse, but McCartney has stated that it was simply a hot day.) The shoot, which lasts ten minutes, produces six shots, from which Paul picks the cover.
1970: At Philadelphia's Mount Lawn Cemetary, Janis Joplin purchases a headstone for her idol, Bessie Smith, the famous African-American blues singer who died from injuries suffered in a 1937 car crash -- after being refused at a whites-only hospital. (Bessie's widower refused to purchase a stone for her.)
1975: Hank Williams, Jr. falls 500 feet down Ajax Mountain near Missoula, MT, exposing part of his brain and keeping him in and out of hospitals for the next two years. The resultant facial scars would inspire his trademark "hat, beard, and shades" look.
1983: Harold Melvin and three members of the Blue Notes are arrested for cocaine, marijuana, and meth possession at Caesars Boardwalk Regency Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.
1986: David Crosby (The Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash) is released from prison after serving only eight months of his original five-year sentence for cocaine and firearms possession.
2000: Twenty-eight US states' attorney generals file a class-action suit alleging the major record labels of forcing "discount" CD stores to raise prices.
2005: Two jurors in the Michael Jackson molestation case tell NBC-TV's Today that they have come to regret their ruling of "not guilty."
Releases1966: The Beatles, Revolver
1966: The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby" b/w "Yellow Submarine"
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Looking Out My Back Door"
Recording1934: Bing Crosby, "I Love You Truly"
1941: Les Brown and his Band of Renown, "Joltin' Joe Dimaggio"
1960: Roy Orbison, "Blue Angel"
1969: The Beatles: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "The End"
Charts1953: Les Paul and Mary Ford's "Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)" hits #1
1960: Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" hits #1
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears' Blood Sweat & Tears 3 LP hits #1
Certifications1974: Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard LP is certified gold
1974: Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" is certified gold