Today In Oldies Music History: December 27--
Births1906: Oscar Levant
1931: Walter Norris
1931: Scotty Moore
1931: John "Buddy" Bailey (The Clovers)
1941: Les Maguire (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
1941: Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues)
1948: Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf)
1952: David Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Deaths1976: Freddie King
1978: Chris Bell (Big Star)
1978: Bob Luman
1981: Hoagy Carmichael
2003: Dick St. John (Dick and Dee Dee)
2004: Hank Garland
Events1932: With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, the world's largest indoor theater of the time, Radio City Music Hall, opens in New York City with a massive six-hour show.
1939: CBS Radio presents the first episode of the bi-weekly musical variety program The Glenn Miller Show.
1940: Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler divorce after a dozen years of marriage.
1957: After entreaties from manager Colonel Tom Parker, the US Army allows Elvis Presley a 60-day extension to complete filming of his latest movie, King Creole, before reporting for duty.
1958: While attending a class at the Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon meets student Cynthia Powell, later to become his first wife.
1960: Returning from their extended Hamburg stint (and without Stu Sutcliffe, who would never rejoin), the Beatles play Liverpool's Litherland Town Hall Ballroom, inciting the first flush of what was later called "Beatlemania." Part of it has to do with the billing: since the Beatles were a last-minute add, posters described them as "Direct from Hamburg," causing attendees to think this was a famous German band. The crowd rushes the stage during the opening number, "Long Tall Sally," causing the media to take note of the mass adoration for the first time.
1964: The Supremes appear on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, singing "Come See About Me." They would go on to appear 14 more times on "Sullivan" with Diana Ross, more than any other rock act.
1965: Davy Jones, still just a teen actor and not yet a Monkee, appears on tonight's "If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be a Loser" episode of ABC-TV's Ben Casey.
1971: CBS-TV debuts the first fall season of The Sonny and Cher Show.
1986: 29 years after its first appearance in the Top Ten, and three years after his untimely death, Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite" climbs all the way to #1 in the UK.
1989: Chuck Berry is sued by the former cook of his restaurant, Southern Air of Wentzville, MO, alleging that the rocker installed hidden video cameras in the ladies restrooms. 200 female, all former patrons of the diner, will eventually sue Berry over the incident.
Releases1967: Bob Dylan, John Wesley Harding
Recording1960: Ray Charles, "One Mint Julep"
1974: Bob Dylan: "Idiot Wind," "You're A Big Girl Now"
Charts1952: Jimmy Boyd's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" hits #1
1969: Diana Ross & The Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together" hits #1
1969: Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II hits #1
1975: The Staple Singers' "Let's Do It Again" hits #1