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Today in Oldies Music History: December 3

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 3

Births

1907: Connee Boswell
1927: Ferlin Husky
1928: Andy Williams
1931: Jaye P. Morgan
1940: John Cale (Velvet Underground)
1945: Paul Nicholas
1948: Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
1949: Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship)

Deaths

none

Events

1925: George Gershwin premieres his "Concerto In F," the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin is also the featured soloist on flugelhorn.
1960: The Lerner and Loewe play Camelot, featuring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
1961: The Beatles Brian Epstein for the first time, at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. Later, at six that afternoon, they meet again to discuss Brian's management of the group.
1965: Keith Richards is electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, CA.
1966: Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.
1966: The Monkees make their stage debut in Honolulu, HI.
1967: The Supremes guest star on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.
1968: Elvis Presley's "comeback" TV special airs on NBC. Sponsored by the Singer Sewing Machine Company, the special also features a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios before a live audience. This was Elvis' first appearance before a live audience since 1961.
1969: John Lennon is asked to play the title role in the rock opera Jesus Christ, Superstar, but the offer is withdrawn the next day.
1976: A 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station outside of London for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album breaks its moorings and drifts toward the east, reaching a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.
1976: Seven gunman fire shots into Bob Marley's house in Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his band, the Wailers, are in rehearsal. Marley and his wife Rita are hit, as are an unidentified friend and Wailers manager Don Taylor. No one is seriously hurt, however, and while the assailants are never caught, Marley and his band perform as scheduled two nights later.
1977: After a record 29 weeks at #1 on Billboard's album chart, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is replaced by Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams LP.
1979: Before the Who concert this evening at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, eleven people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush for "festival" (i.e., unreserved) seating. The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.
1980: Photographer Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York's Dakota building.
1988: Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1991: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Releases

1965: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (UK)
1973: Ringo Starr, "You're Sixteen"

Recording

1944: Frank Sinatra, "Old Man River"

Certifications

1968: The O'Kaysions' "Girl Watcher" is certified gold
1968: The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions" is certified gold
1968: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's "Fire" is certified gold
1968: Aretha Franklin's Aretha Now album is certified gold
1968: Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-da-Vida album is certified gold
1968: Cream's Fresh Cream album is certified gold

Charts

1960: Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-night?" hits #1
1966: The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" hits #1
1966: Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Good Thing" enters the pop charts
1977: Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams album hits #1
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