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Today in Oldies Music History: December 16

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Today In Oldies Music History: December 16

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Births

1934: Karl Denver
1937: Tompall and the Glaser Brothers
1943: Tony Hicks (The Hollies)
1946: Benny Andersson (ABBA)
1950: Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Deaths

1988: Sylvester
1997: Nicolette Larson
2004: Freddie Perren
2007: Dan Fogelberg

Events

1907: The first vocal music performance is broadcast on radio airwaves when Eugene Farrar, at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, sings a song called "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?"
1956: Elvis Presley leaves the Louisiana Hayride after 50 appearances on the radio show. Broadcast from KWKH in Shreveport, LA, the weekly broadcast made country music stars of several unknowns.
1969: As part of their new campaign against the war in Vietnam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono place stark black-and-white billboards in eleven international cities proclaiming "WAR IS OVER!" and then, in smaller type, "If You Want It. Happy Christmas From John And Yoko."
1973: Stephen Stills is found to be the father of a child, Justin Stills, birthed by a Mill Valley, CA, resident Harriet B. Tunis. The US documentary series Trauma: Life in the ER devotes an episode to Justin after he is seriously injured in a 1997 snowboarding accident.
1974: Guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones before his death in 1969, announces he's leaving the group. A little over a year later, he'll be replaced by former Faces guitarist Ron Wood.
1974: Glam legends Mott The Hoople disband.
1981: Ray Charles is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd.
1983: The Who officially break up -- for the first time.
1991: Chubby Checker sues McDonald's for $14 million after the restaurant megachain allegedly uses a soundalike voice in a Canadian commercial for french fries.
1993: St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes the first to ban Michael Jackson records from its playlist after recent allegations of child sexual abuse.

Releases

1966: Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe"
1967: The Lemon Pipers, "Green Tambourine"
1971: Don McLean, "American Pie"
1972: Paul McCartney, "Hi, Hi, Hi"
1974: John Lennon, "#9 Dream"

Recording

1954: Bill Hayes, "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"
1965: Peter and Gordon, "Woman"

Charts

1950: Patti Page's "The Tennessee Waltz" hits #1
1972: Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" hits #1

Certifications

1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Down On The Corner," "Lookin' Out My Back Door," "Travelin' Band," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Up Around The Bend," as well as the LPs Cosmo's Factory, Willy And The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, are all certified gold
1971: Melanie's "Brand New Key" is certified gold
1975: The Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" is certified gold
1977: The Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" is certified gold
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