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Today in Oldies Music History: December 12

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Births

1915: Frank Sinatra
1918: Joe Williams
1938: Connie Francis
1940: Dionne Warwick
1941: Terry Kirkman (The Association)
1942: Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues)
1943: Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers), Grover Washington, Jr.
1945: Tony Williams
1946: Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
1949: Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)

Deaths

1967: Otis Redding

Events

1901: Guglielmo Marconi recieves the first trans-Atlantic wireless radio signal.
1957: DJ Al Priddy is fired from radio station KEX, Portland, OR, for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas" on air.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, OH.
1963: The LP John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album becomes the fastest-selling album in history, selling four million copies in six days. The tribute was recorded the day of Kennedy's assassination.
1966: Pink Floyd performs their first concert, for the Oxfam Benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1967: A London Appeals Court commutes the nine-month prison sentence of the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, citing psychiatric testimony that he could not handle prison. Jones had been busted for marijuana possession.
1969: The Ringo Starr / Peter Sellers film The Magic Christian premieres in London.
1971: The Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings The Blues, starring Diana Ross, begins principal photography.
1974: The Rolling Stones begin recording their Black and Blue album in Munich, Germany, with an array of second guitarists, cementing Mick Taylor's departure from the group. One of the session guitarists, the Faces' Ron Wood, would become Taylor's permanent replacement.
1976: Backstage after a concert at the Las Vegas Hilton, Elvis Presley meets with televangelist Rex Humbard and breaks down in tears, bemoaning his life's lack of meaning.
1980: Marie Osmond's solo variety series, Marie, premieres on NBC.
1980: Thousands march peacefully in memory of John Lennon in New York, walking down Fifth Avenue and ending at the Dakota Building, site of his murder.
1985: On her 45th birthday, Dionne Warwick is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001: The state of Nevada declares today Frank Sinatra Day.
2002: After three months, Gordon Lightfoot leaves a Hamilton, Ontario hospital, where he'd been sent for emergency surgery on his abdomen.

Releases

1964: The Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
1969: The Plastic Ono Band, Live Peace In Toronto 1969
1970: Stephen Stills, "Love The One You're With"

Recording

1955: Bill Haley and His Comets, "See You Later Alligator"

Certifications

1969: Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul album is certified gold
1973: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery album is certified gold

Charts

1964: Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely" hits #1
1964: The Beatles Story enters the album charts
1970: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown" hits #1
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