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Today in Oldies Music History: February 11

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Today in Oldies Music History: February 11

Births

1889: John Mills (The Mills Brothers)
1914: Matt Dennis, Josh White
1935: Sergio Mendes, Gene Vincent
1939: Gerry Goffin
1940: Bobby "Boris" Pickett
1942: Otis Clay, Leon Haywood

Deaths

none

Events

1956: For his third appearance on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, Elvis Presley is finally permitted to perform "Heartbreak Hotel."
1963: In just under ten hours, the Beatles record all ten tracks for their debut LP, released in England as Please Please Me. John's cold makes the process actually take a bit longer than it should; by the time the band gets to the last song of the session, "Twist and Shout," the hoarseness is noticible. Nevertheless, John nails it in one take.
1964: Fresh from their first appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles leave for Washington, DC in a snow storm in order to give their first US live performance at the Washington Coliseum, with opening acts Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons. Yet another press conference is given before the show. The performance -- "Roll Over Beethoven," "From Me to You," "I Saw Her Standing There," "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Please Please Me," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Twist and Shout," and "Long Tall Sally" -- is also filmed by CBS for closed-circuit broadcast; because of the stage setup, the band is forced to move its equipment three separate times in order to give everyone in the audience a chance to see them. Afterwards, the group head to a masked ball at the city's British Embassy and then back to their rooms at the Shoreham Hotel. During the party, an unidentified woman cuts off a lock of Ringo's hair without asking him. (Meanwhile, British PM Sir Alec Douglas-Home decides to cancel his trip to the ball for fear of being upstaged by the group.)
1965: Ringo Starr marries his first wife, Maureen Cox, in London's Caxton Hall Register Office, with manager Brian Epstein as best man. John Lennon and George Harrison are also in attendance, as well as the couple's parents and John's wife, Cynthia. (Paul is on vacation in Tunisia.) Afterwards, Ringo and Maureen head off to a honeymoon in Sussex, England.
1967: Due to increasing public furor over the Monkees being a "manufactured" band, the group issues a statement claiming it will hereby play its own instruments on all new releases (the group had already performed as a band live on stage). The promise lasts for one album, 1967's Headquarters.
1970: Ringo Starr's film The Magic Christian, featuring music by Badfinger, premieres in New York City.
1972: At a concert in Tollworth, England, David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust for the first time.
1979: ABC airs their TV-movie Elvis, starring Kurt Russell.
1982: The Rolling Stones Let's Spend the Night Together, a concert film from their '81 tour, opens in New York to miserable reviews.
2000: Diana Ross officially divorces her husband, Norwegian businessman Arne Naess.
2000: In a mysterious incident, a fan attending an Isley Brothers concert in Los Angeles suddenly shoots three members of the audience, one fatally. He is shot dead by police, apparently in self-defense.

Releases

1967: The Turtles, "Happy Together"

Recording

1938: Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, "Martha"
1958: Elvis Presley: "Steadfast, Loyal and True," "Danny"
1963: The Beatles: "There's A Place," "I Saw Her Standing There," "A Taste Of Honey," "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "Misery," "Hold Me Tight," "Anna (Go To Him)," "Boys," "Chains," "Twist And Shout"
1966: Cher, "Bang Bang"
1968: The Beatles, "Hey Bulldog"

Certifications

: is certified gold

Charts

1950: Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" hits #1
1967: The Monkees' album More of the Monkees hits #1
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