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Today in Oldies Music History: December 17

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Births

1910: Sy Oliver
1934: Karl Denver
1936: Tommy Steele
1937: Art Neville (The Neville Brothers), Nat Stuckey
1939: Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations)
1942: Paul Butterfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
1943: Dave Dee (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich)
1948: Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries)
1949: Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)
1950: Carlie Barrett (The Wailers)
1951: Wanda Huntchinson (The Emotions)

Deaths

1982: Big Joe Williams
1999: Grover Washington, Jr.

Events

1954: The first rock and roll single to hits the British charts does so today: Bill Haley and his Comets' "Shake, Rattle, and Roll."
1955: Carl Perkins writes "Blue Suede Shoes," and, within 48 hours, will record it.
1965: Judy Garland and The Supremes perform at the grand opening of the new Houston Astrodome.
1967: The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official Fan Club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened here for the first time.
1969: Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki Budinger on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The program receives the second largest ratings of any show up to that time.
1970: The Beach Boys play a Royal Command Performance for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1982: The Who play what was supposed to be their "farewell" concert at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The show is filmed and taped for an HBO special and the album Who's Last.
1986: The Doobie Brothers reunite for a benefit concert in Palo Alto, CA, which eventually leads to a reunion tour and album.
1986: Wayne Newton wins a $19.2 million suit against NBC News, which had erroneously linked the singer to organized crime.
1999: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards steals a guitar from a fan outside Richards' birthday party at New York's Russian Tea Room. The fan never presses charges, explaining: "It's Keith, man."

Releases

1965: The Beatles, The Beatles' Third Christmas Record
1968: Pink Floyd, "Careful With That Axe, Eugene"
1971: David Bowie, Hunky Dory

Recording

1926: Ben Pollack and His Californians, "He’s the Last Word"
1970: Andy Williams, "Theme From Love Story"

Certifications

1969: The Chicago Transit Authority album is certified gold

Charts

1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" hits #1 pop and country
1955: The Platters' "The Great Pretender" enters the R&B charts
1957: Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" enters the pop charts
1966: The Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love" enters the pop charts
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