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Today in Oldies Music History: December 2

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 2

Births

1914: Eddie Sauter (Benny Goodman Orchestra)
1916: Charlie Ventura
1917: Sylvia Syms
1918: Milton DeLugg
1941: Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann)
1942: Ted Bluechel Jr. (The Association)
1950: John Wesley Ryles
1952: Michael McDonald

Deaths

1982: David Blue

Events

1959: Bobby Darin is the subject of this week's episode of NBC'S This Is Your Life.
1964: Ringo Starr checks into the University College Hospital in London to have his tonsils removed.
1967: Jimmie Rodgers is found with a fractured skull in his car on the San Diego Freeway, the result of a "mysterious assualt." He recovers fully, but his career never does.
1969: In Bristol, England, George Harrison joins the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, making this the first tour of a Beatle since 1966.
1969: Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes is kidnapped by the caretaker of her Hollywood apartment, who, while holding a knife to her throat, forces her to tie up her two visiting friends. He then forces her into a car and drives toward Long Beach, but the singer jumps from the car and escapes. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.
1971: Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1973: The Who and their companions are jailed overnight in Montreal following $6000 worth of hotel destruction inflicted after their show at the Forum.
1979: Singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge are granted a divorce.
1981: The Broadway musical Dreamgirls, loosely based on the life of the Supremes, opens on Broadway.
1986: Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.
1991: The US Supreme Court rules that the Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.

Releases

1972: Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"

Recording

1962: Andy Williams, "Can't Get Used To Losing You"

Certifications

1975: The Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly" is certified gold

Charts

1950: Phil Harris' "The Thing" hits #1
1957: Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" hits #1
1967: The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" hits #1
1967: American Breed's "Bend Me Shape Me" enters the pop charts
1967: The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album hits #1
1972: The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" hits #1
1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1
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