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Today in Oldies Music History: December 4

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 4

Births

1915: Eddie Heywood, Jr.
1940: Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon
1942: Chris Hillman (The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds), Bob Mosley (Moby Grape)
1944: Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys)
1948: Southside Johnny
1951: Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band)

Deaths

1976: Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, The James Gang)
1993: Frank Zappa

Events

1927: Duke Ellington’s new, larger big band opens Harlem's legendary Cotton Club.
1956: Elvis Presley visits the Sun recording studio with his companion, Marilyn Evans, a showgirl from Las Vegas, interrupting a Carl Perkins session that featured Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. Fellow labelmate Johnny Cash also arrives and the four begin running through an impromptu jam on a series of songs they all know (mainly spirituals). Producer Sam Phillips records what would become famously known as the "Million Dollar Quartet" sessions, although they don't get released to the public officially until the early Eighties.
1957: Because of the furor created by Elvis Presley's recently released Christmas album, radio station CKWS in Kingston, Ontario plays the album in its entirety, opening the phones to public comment. Most listeners approve of the album.
1965: Jacques Brel makes his American debut in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view "simulated acid trip" films and listen to rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.
1980: Led Zeppelin officially disbands following the death by misadventure of drummer John Bonham due to excessive alcohol intake.
1988: Roy Orbison gives what would prove to be his last concert, in Akron, OH. He dies two days later.

Releases

1961: Gene Chandler, "Duke Of Earl"
1964: The Beatles, Beatles For Sale

Recording

1934: Ethel Merman, "I Get a Kick Out of You"

Certifications

1969: The Santana album is certified gold
1970: Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Steven Stills' Supersession album is certified gold
1972: Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" is certified gold
1975: KISS' Alive! album is certified gold

Charts

1954: The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" hits #1
1965: The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!" hits #1
1965: The Kinks' "A Well Respected Man" enters the pop charts
1965: The Knickerbockers' "Lies" enters the pop charts
1971: Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair" hits #1
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