Today In Oldies Music History: December 29--
Births1922: Rose Lee Maphis
1941: Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues)
1942: Rick Danko (The Band)
1942: Jerry Summers (The Dovells)
1943: Barbara Ann Alston (The Crystals)
1946: Marianne Faithfull
1947: Cozy Powell (Emerson Lake and Palmer, Whitesnake)
1948: Charlie Spinosa (John Fred and His Playboy Band)
1950: Robert Parissi (Wild Cherry)
1951: Yvonne Elliman
Deaths1967: Paul Whiteman
1980: Tim Hardin
Events1945: Sheb Wooley records the first commercial records ever produced in Nashville, for the Bullet label owned by radio station WSM (home of the Grand Ole Opry). The records were given almost no promotion, however, and soon stiffed.
1956: While driving North on Avenue K in Lubbock, TX, Buddy Holly notices a woman screaming "Stop that thief!" and chases down a fleeing shoplifter, making the local paper for his good deed.
1957: Steve Lawrence marries his first and only wife, fellow performer Eydie Gorme, at the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas.
1963: Folk icons the Weavers perform their farewell concert at Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
1963: At 12:50 pm, New York's WMCA becomes the first radio station in the US to play the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand," officially kicking off the American Beatlemania craze. Across town, WABC plays the song an hour later.
1964: Liverpool, England's Youth Employment Service reports that recent graduates are having trouble getting jobs with their Beatle-style haircuts and suits.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience make their television debut on BBC's Top Of The Pops, performing their first single, "Hey Joe."
1967: Dave Mason, singer and guitarist for Traffic, leaves the group for a solo career, though he'll return twice before finally quitting for good.
1969: A major milestone for Motown Records today as five of the Top 7 singles on Billboard's chart are products of the label and its affiliates.
1975: Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner and Grace Slick are divorced.
1982: Jamaica issues its first Bob Marley commemorative stamp.
2004: Kevin Spacey's highly stylized biopic of Bobby Darin, Beyond The Sea, opens in US theaters.
Recording1943: Bing Crosby, "San Fernando Valley"
1955: Barbra Streisand, "You'll Never Know"
1966: The Beatles, "Penny Lane"
Charts1951: Johnnie Ray's "Cry" hits #1
1973: Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle" hits #1