Today In Oldies Music History: December 28--
Births1905: Earl "Fatha" Hines
1910: Billy Williams
1915: Pops Staples (The Staple Singers)
1921: Johnny Otis
1932: Dorsey Burnette
1938: Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers)
1943: Bobby Comstock
1946: Edgar Winter
1947: Dick Diamonde (The Easybeats)
1948: Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters)
1950: Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star)
1961: Christine Collister
Deaths1971: Max Steiner
1983: Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys)
2002: Meri Wilson
2005: Barry Cowsill (The Cowsills)
Events1944: Leonard Bernstein scores his first big hit when his musical On The Town, featuring the song "New York, New York," opens on Broadway.
1963: Teen idol Bobby Vee marries his first and only wife, Karen Bergen, in Orchard Lane, MI.
1963: The magazine The New Yorker publishes an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein in their "Talk Of The Town" column about the band's upcoming Ed Sullivan gig -- the first major press the group has received in the US.
1964: Trumpeter Hugh Masekela is a featured guest on CBS-TV's game show To Tell The Truth.
1965: Elvis Presley, surrounded by friends including Larry Geller, "drops" LSD for the first time at Graceland, joined by girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu. After staring at each others' distorted faces, the tropical fish in his aquarium, and, the next day, at dew drops on the breathing grass, both decide that they'd be risking their sanity to try the drug again.
1968: The first major rock concert on the East Coast, the Miami Pop Festival, takes place, a three-day affair featuring Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly, The McCoys, Fleetwood Mac, The Box Tops, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, and The Grateful Dead.
1971: Sha Na Na makes the big time tonight, headlining Carnegie Hall with host Keith Moon of the Who (a huge fan of the group, as it turns out).
1972: Mick Jagger visits Managua, Nicaragua with his wife Bianca, searching for her mother after a devastating recent earthquake that claimed thousands of lives. Fortunately, Bianca's mother is fine.
1975: Ted Nugent has a .44 Magnum gun pulled on him at a concert in Spokane, WA, until the man is wrestled to the ground by security.
1978: Rolling Stone's annual Readers and Critics Poll both agree that the Rolling Stones album Some Girls is Album Of The Year.
1992: Paul Simon is the proud parent of his second son, Adrian Edward, with mother (and singer) Edie Brickell.
1998: Atlanta Rhythm Section vocalist Ronnie Hammond is shot and slightly wounded in a scuffle with police in Macon, GA, after allegedly attempting to assault an officer with a hammer and, then, a broken guitar neck. officers had been responding to a suicide attempt call concerning the singer (the second in the same month).
2000: Waylon Jennings holds a three-day-long estate sale at his home in Dixon, IL, offering up, amongst other artifacts, a motorbike that once belonged to Buddy Holly.
2002: Cambodia deports Gary Glitter and extradites him back to the UK to face a conviction in London on child pornography charges.
2003: Pete Townshend of The Who reveals to a London newspaper that he seriously considered suicide after a 2002 arrest for child pornography charges. The guitarist had claimed he was visiting child porn websites as research for a book dealing with his own sexual abuse as a child.
2003: Michael Jackson gives an emotional interview to CBS-TV's 60 Minutes, his first since being arrested on child molestation charges, claiming, "Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists."
Releases1968: The Doors, "Touch Me"
1970: John Lennon, "Mother"
Charts1959: Frankie Avalon's "Why" hits #1
1968: The Beatles' The Beatles (a/k/a "The White Album") hits #1
1974: Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby" hits #1