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Today in Oldies Music History: December 5

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Today in Oldies Music History: December 5

Births

1899: Sonny Boy Williamson (II)
1922: Don Robertson
1935: Little Richard
1936: Chad Mitchell (The Chad Mitchell Trio)
1938: J.J. Cale
1943: Mike Smith (The Dave Clark Five)
1946: Andy Kim
1947: Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins and Messina)

Deaths

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Events

1936: Bing Crosby takes over as host of the Kraft Music Hall radio show.
1955: The BMI Annual Awards in New York City score big for R&B, with rhythm and blues songs winning a record eleven awards.
1956: The Alan Freed movie Rock! Rock! Rock!, starring Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Lavern Baker, and Johnny Burnette premieres in New York City.
1960: Billboard reports that five "answer records" to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-night?" have been released -- four versions of "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight" and one "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight."
1967: The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
1968: Graham Nash quits the Hollies and within three days forms the "supergroup" Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1968: The Rolling Stones hold a "Beggar's Banquet" at Elizabeth Rooms, London, to promote their release of the new album with the same name. The "banquet" ends with a pie fight.
1976: Elvis Presley falls onstage at a show in Las Vegas and sprains his ankle.
1980: John Lennon gives what would be his last interview, with Rolling Stone's Jonathan Cott.
2002: Elton John guest stars on NBC's Will and Grace.
2003: Original Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore undergoes surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.

Releases

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Recording

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Certifications

1975: The Fleetwood Mac album is certified gold
1975: Earth, Wind and Fire's Gratitude album is certified gold

Charts

1964: Lorne Greene's "Ringo" hits #1
1964: The Beach Boys' Beach Boys Concert album hits #1
1964: The Zombies' "She's Not There" enters the pop charts
1964: The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" enters the pop charts

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