Today In Oldies Music History: December 26--
Births1920: Steve Allen
1935: Abdul "Duke" Fakir (The Four Tops)
1940: Phil Spector
1946: Bob Carpenter (The Dirt Band)
Deaths1999: Curtis Mayfield
Events1958: Musical parodist Stan Freberg, whose acerbic anti-commercialist "Green Chri$tma$" was a hit the previous winter, presents the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California with a check for one million dollars, his take from the song.
1964: The Rolling Stones, whose long hair has solidified the new standard for teenagers set by the Beatles, puckishly take out an ad in New Musical Express wishing the hairdressers of the UK a "Happy Christmas."
1966: Backstage before a show at London's Uppercut Club, Jimi Hendrix scribbles out the lyrics to a new song called "Purple Haze."
1967: The Beatles' new television movie, a concept of Paul's entitled Magical Mystery Tour, has its first airing on the BBC. Shot in color but broadcast in black-and-white for some reason, the wandering psychedelic mess has critics and fans in the band's home country howling in disappointment and confusion. A planned later US airing is quickly canceled.
1968: Led Zeppelin begin their first-ever US tour, opening for Spirit, the MC5, and Vanilla Fudge.
Releases1955: Bill Haley and His Comets, "See You Later Alligator"
1963: The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There"
Recording1961: Jay and the Americans, "She Cried"
1967: The Monkees, "Valleri"
Charts1964: The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" hits #1
1970: George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hits #1