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Today in Oldies Music History: December 20

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 20

Births

1898: Irene Dunne
1939: Kim Weston
1944: Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1947: Peter Criss (KISS)
1948: Little Stevie Wright (The Easybeats)
1949: Alan Parsons (The Alan Parsons Project)

Deaths

1973: Bobby Darin
2003: Charles Randolph Grean

Events

1957: Elvis Presley picks up his draft notice.
1962: The Osmond Brothers (later the Osmonds) make their debut on NBC's Andy Williams Show.
1967: The band Jethro Tull, named after the 18th-century inventor of the seed drill, is formed.
1975: Former James Gang guitarist/vocalist and solo artist Joe Walsh joins the Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon, who left after the band decided to pursue a more "rock" sound.
1994: Beach Boys lead vocalist Mike Love publicly drops his lawsuit against the group. Love had claimed he was due partial royalties on 35 Beach Boys classics; the suit was settled out-of-court.

Releases

1968: The Beatles, The Beatles' Sixth Christmas Record

Recording

1932: Al Jolson, "April Showers"
1966: The Beatles, "When I'm Sixty-Four"
1971: The Main Ingredient, "Everybody Plays The Fool"

Certifications

none

Charts

1952: Jimmy Boyd's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" hits #1
1969: Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" hits #1
1975: Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" enters the pop charts
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