Today In Oldies Music History: December 19--
Births1915: Charlie Ryan
1918: Professor Longhair
1920: Little Jimmy Dickens
1940: Phil Ochs
1941: Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire)
1944: Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
1944: Zal Yanovsky (The Lovin' Spoonful)
1945: John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
1952: Jeff Davis (The Amazing Rhythm Aces)
1952: Walter Murphy
Deaths1993: Michael Clarke (The Byrds)
2000: Pops Staples (The Staple Singers)
2002: Billy Mitchell (The Clovers)
Events1956: Elvis Presley singles hold 10 chart positions on Billboard's Hot 100 chart today, a record for a single artist which will stand until the Beatles up the ante to 14 simultaneous chart hits in 1964.
1957: The musical The Music Man, starring Robert Preston and written by Meredith Willson, opens in New York City at the Majestic Theatre. An instant smash, it will run for 1,375 nights and inspire the later film version, also starring Preston.
1962: With his romantic indecision having forced girlfriend Anita Wood to leave him this August, Elvis Presley makes his decision and invites Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he met in Germany, to visit him in Memphis. Elvis meets Priscilla at his father Vernon's house, where she has driven in from New York City with Vernon and stepmother Dee. Priscilla is nervous, and Elvis prescribes some sleeping pills which leave her asleep for the better part of two days.
1978: ABC-TV airs the seasonal variety special The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait, also starring Gene Kelly, Georgia Engel, and Kristy & Jimmy McNichol.
1979: Dr. George "Dr. Nick" Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley's personal physician, is charged with prescribing over 12,000 doses of amphetamines, barbiturates, and painkillers for the King in the two years leading up to his death in August 1977. Though Nichopoulos was actually instrumental in trying to wean Elvis off of his pharmaceutical addiction, and acquitted on this charge, he was nonetheless eventually stripped of his license in 1995, after three more Presley-related lawsuits.
1980: The comedy film Nine To Five, starring Dolly Parton in her first major movie role, opens nationally in the US.
1996: Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, TX, renames Avenue H as Buddy Holly Avenue in honor of its native son.
2005: Elton John turns down an offer of nearly six million dollars for the rights to broadcast his civil union to David Furnish on a US television station.
Releases1960: Neil Sedaka, "Calendar Girl"
Recording1955: Carl Perkins, "Blue Suede Shoes"
1958: Bobby Darin, "Mack The Knife"
1960: Frank Sinatra: "Ring-A-Ding-Ding," "Let’s Fall In Love"
1960: The Four Preps, "More Money For You And Me"
1968: The Friends of Distinction, "Grazin' In The Grass"
Charts1950: The Supremes' "Come See About Me" hits #1
1966: Nancy Sinatra's "Sugar Town" enters the charts
1970: Elton John's "Your Song" enters the charts