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Today in Oldies Music History: December 21

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Births

1926: Freddie Hart
1940: Ray Hildebrand (Paul and Paula), Frank Zappa
1942: Carla Thomas
1943: Albert Lee, Gwen McCrae
1946: Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)
1951: Nick Gilder
1953: Betty Wright

Deaths

1992: Albert King

Events

1960: On the same day his movie Flaming Star opens, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council. (The movie dealt with US-Indian relations.)
1964: Ode To A High-Flying Bird, a book written and illustrated by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is published. The book is an ode to jazz legend Charlie Parker, whose nickname was "Bird."
1967: The Beatles throw a party at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel in order to celebrate the BBC airing of Magical Mystery Tour.
1968: Crosby, Stills, and Nash perform together on stage for the first time.
1968: Janis Joplin makes her solo stage debut in Memphis, TN, at a Stax/Volt Christmas party that also features label artists such as Eddie Floyd and Booker T. and the MGs.
1969: On CBS' Ed Sullivan Show, Diana Ross appears with the Supremes for the last time.
1970: Elvis Presley makes a visit to the White House in order to volunteer his services to President Nixon in fighting the war on drugs. Presley, who loved official badges, had been trying to get a BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge for himself, and when calling the Bureau failed, Nixon himself stepped in and ordered his deputy counsel to arrange a meeting. Presley presented the President with a chrome-plated Colt .45 gun, and the next day, Presley received his badge.
1971: Martha and the Vandellas officially disband.
1979: Linda Ronstadt hosts a benefit show for her paramour, Governor of California and Presidential candidate Jerry Brown, at the San Diego Sports Arena. The singer performs, as do Chicago and the Eagles.
1989: Carlos Santana and wife Debbie become the proud parents of daughter Angelica Faith.
1996: En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.

Releases

1967: The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request
1974: The Doobie Brothers, "Black Water"

Recording

1955: LaVern Baker, "Jim Dandy"
1966: The Beatles: "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Strawberry Fields Forever"

Certifications

1966: The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" single as well as their Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, Vol. 2. albums are all certified gold
1970: Traffic's John Barleycorn Must Die, Judy Collins' In My Life, and the original British cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar are all certified gold

Charts

1963: The Ronettes' "Baby I Love You" enters the pop charts
1965: The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" enters the pop charts
1968: The Traffic album enters the charts
1974: Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" hits #1
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