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Today in Oldies Music History: December 10

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 10

Births

1906: Harold Adamson
1910: John Hammond
1914: Dorothy Lamour
1918: Professor Longhair
1924: Ken Albers (The Four Freshmen)
1926: Guitar Slim
1927: Joe Olivier (Bill Haley and His Comets)
1943: Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy)
1946: Ace Kefford (The Move), Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores)
1948: Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction), Ralph Tavares (Tavares)
1951: Johnny Rodriguez
1952: Susan Dey (The Partridge Family)

Deaths

1967: Otis Redding
1988: Bill Harris (The Clovers)
1996: Faron Young
1999: Rick Danko (The Band)
2003: Bill Deal (The Rhondels)

Events

1927: Although the radio show known as the WSM Barn Dance had been broadcasting out of Nashville, TN, for some time, this is the first day on which the show is announced as "The Grand Ole Opry."
1959: The Platters' four male members are acquitted of charges made on August 10th in Cincinnati, OH, of "aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation."
1963: Donny Osmond makes his debut with the Osmonds on NBC's The Andy Williams Show.
1965: The Grateful Dead perform their first concert in San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (and only their second overall).
1967: The previously unknown San Francisco group The Steve Miller Blues Band signs to Capitol for an unprecedented $750,000, dropping "Blues" from their name in the process.
1967: Otis Redding and four members of his band, the Bar-Kays, are killed when their tour plane crashes into a frozen near Madison, WI. Three days earlier, Redding had recorded what was to be his breakthough pop hit, "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay."
1971: During a concert in London, Frank Zappa is thrown into the orchestra pit by a fan's jealous boyfriend, breaking his leg and ankle and fracturing his skull. Zappa takes months to recover.
1972: Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured when her bass player totals her new Citroen near Manhattan.
1980: The body of John Lennon is cremated.
1985: Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1991: Legendary rock DJ and promoter Alan Freed is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Releases

1966: The Electric Prunes, "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night"
1976: Wings, Wings Over America

Recording

1930: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, "Mood Indigo"
1949: Fats Domino, "The Fat Man"
1966: The Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever"

Certifications

1975: The Who's The Who by Numbers album is certified gold
1979: Kool and the Gang's "Ladies Night" is certified gold
1979: Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album is certified platinum

Charts

1965: Ray Charles' "Crying Time" enters the pop charts
1966: The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" hits #1

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