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Today in Oldies Music History: February 1

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Births

1934: Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio)
1937: Don Everly (The Everly Brothers), Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show)
1938: Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers of Invention)
1939: Del McCoury, Joe Sample
1944: Tommy Duffy (Lindisfarne)
1948: Rick James
1954: Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
1968: Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths

1986: Dick James
2003: Mongo Santamaria

Events

1941: Downbeat magazine reports that Glenn Miller has signed a new three-year contract with RCA Victor... for the unprecedented sum of $750 per side.
1949: In response to Columbia's recent 33-1/3 "long play," or LP, vinyl record, RCA Victor unveils the first 45-rpm, 7-inch version, as well as a phonograph that plays the new invention. The vinyl "single" would eventually kill off the old 78-rpm record.
1956: The Roxy Theater in New York City presents "The Rock and Roll Ice Revue," billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice."
1962: Brian Epstein's managerial contract with the Beatles officially goes into effect.
1963: Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.
1964: Newsmen learn that Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh has banned the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," then sitting at Number Six on Billboard's Hot 100, for allegedly containing obscene lyrics. Claiming it makes his "ears tingle" to listen to it, Walsh requests that the Indiana Broadcasters Association ban the record from airplay on all radio stations in the state. For his part, the song's publisher, Max Firetag, offers $1000 to anyone who can prove that the song contains obscene lyrics. The FBI eventually gets involved, and after extensive study reports that the lyrics of this version of the song, originally recorded by Richard Berry and the Pharoahs, are so garbled as to be unintelligible.
1968: Nine months after their marriage, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu Presley become the proud parents of their only child, Lisa Marie, delivered at Memphis' Baptist Memorial Hospital. She remains Elvis' only offspring and sole heir.
1968: The Doors announce that Universal International film studios have offered the group an unprecedented half-million dollars to star in a feature film. An ABC television special, a group "humor book," and a book of poetry by leader Jim Morrison are also announced as in the planning stages. The poetry book alone will see the light of day.
1969: Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1973: Gladys Knight and the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career at Buddah.
1974: Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.
1975: On her seventh birthday, Lisa Marie Presley gets to meet her favorite singer, Elton John (a meeting arranged by her father).
1976: Despite the very public divorce of its two stars and two ill-fated solo variety shows in the interim, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour reappears on CBS as The Sonny and Cher Show.
1977: Led Zeppelin's North American tour is postponed due to tonsillitis in lead singer Robert Plant.
1978: Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.
1982: Memphis, TN mayor Wyeth Chandler declares today "Bar-Kays Day" in honor of Otis Redding's backup band, who went on to success in their own right with "Soul Finger."
1985: The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice.
1986: Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

Releases

1965: The Beatles, 4 By The Beatles (EP)

Recording

1939: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, "And the Angels Sing"
1940: Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra: "Too Romantic," "The Sky Fell Down"
1955: Elvis Presley, "Baby, Let's Play House"
1958: Elvis Presley: "My Wish Came True," "Doncha' Think It's Time," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck"
1967: The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Certifications

1971: The Love Story soundtrack album is certified gold

Charts

1964: The Beatles' "Please Please Me" enters the pop charts
1964: The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hits #1
1969: Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" enters the pop charts
1969: Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" hits #1
1975: Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" hits #1

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