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Today in Oldies Music History: February 10

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Births

1914: Larry Adler
1929: Jerry Goldsmith
1937: Don Wilson (The Ventures)
1939: Roberta Flack
1940: Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers)
1943: Ral Donner

Deaths

1997: Brian Connolly (Sweet)

Events

1954: The biopic The Glenn Miller Story has its American premiere in New York City.
1958: ABC's Mickey Mouse Club begins its "Annette" serial, solidifying the rising popularity of its young star, Annette Funicello.
1964: The American press reports that millions of teenage boys are suddenly sporting Beatle-style hairdos (or attempting to) after last night's historic appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. Meanwhile, the Beatles give yet another press conference, this time from the lobby of New York's Plaza Hotel, where the group is staying.
1965: Chad and Jeremy guest star on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show.
1968: The Beatles close their American fan club and business office, Beatles U.S.A, fire their American PR people, and sever all business ties in the country, turning everything over to their own Apple Corps in London.
1972: T. Rex depart for their first American tour as headliners.
1973: Liverpool's Cavern Club -- where the Beatles were born -- is given three months to close down by British Rail, who need the site to complete their new underground railway.
1974: Phil Spector is seriously burned in a mysterious car crash while en route from Los Angeles to Phoenix, AZ, leading to extensive plastic surgery that furthers his reclusiveness.
1976: Elvis Presley is made an honorary Captain in the Memphis Police Department.
1990: Eric Clapton ends his unprecedented 18-night series of gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1993: ABC's prime-time Oprah Winfrey special features the first interview with Michael Jackson in 15 years. In it, Jackson makes his famous claim that he suffers from Vitiligo, a skin condition that accounts for his loss of pigmentation. The singer also claims he's only had two minor plastic surgery operations.
2002: Elton John performs at the NBA all-star game in Philadelphia, PA.

Releases

1971: Carole King, Tapestry
1978: Van Halen, Van Halen
1979: Dire Straits, "Sultans Of Swing"

Recording

1942: Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra, "Rio Rita"
1956: Little Richard, "Long Tall Sally"
1967: The Beatles, "A Day In The Life"

Certifications

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Charts

1958: Elvis Presley's "Don't" hits #1
1968: Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music" enters the pop charts
1968: The Paul Mauriat Orchestra's "Love Is Blue" hits #1
1973: Steely Dan's album Can't Buy a Thrill enters the charts
1979: Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" hits #1
1979: Rod Stewart's album Blondes Have More Fun hits #1
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