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Today in Oldies Music History: February 12

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Births

1904: Ted Mack
1914: Tex Beneke
1915: Lorne Greene
1923: Mel Powell
1935: Gene McDaniels
1939: Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
1944: Moe Bandy
1948: Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night)
1949: Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas)
1950: Steve Hackett (Genesis)
1952: Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers)

Deaths

1976: Sal Mineo
2000: "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins, Oliver

Events

1924: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" gets its first public performance, conducted by jazz legend Paul Whiteman at New York City's Aeolian Hall. Gershwin himself plays piano. Luminaries in the audience include John Philip Sousa and Jascha Heifetz.
1964: The Beatles conclude their triumphant first American visit with two 25-minute shows at Carnegie Hall. Afterwards, the group heads to the White House with British PM Sir Alec Douglas-Home for a visit. President Lyndon Johnson is overheard to remark to the PM: "I like your advance guard. But don't you think they need haircuts?"
1967: A squad of fifteen police officers enter Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards' home, "Redlands," in West Wittering, Sussex, England, and raid it on suspicion of narcotics possession. Finding "various substances of a suspicious nature," officials arrest Richards and his companions, Stones singer Mick Jagger and his girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithful, on May 10. The arrest sets off a national furor, since it is alleged the raid was orchestrated by the News of the World tabloid for revenge against a Jagger libel suit.
1968: John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas become the proud parents of their only child, daughter Chynna.
1968: Jimi Hendrix returns to the high school he dropped out of, Seattle, Washington's Garfield High School, to perform a concert there. Officials present him with an honorary diploma and the key to the city.
1970: BBC's Top of the Pops broadcasts John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" performance clip, taped just the day before.
1974: The legendary rock club The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village, New York City.
1989: Tiny Tim declares his candidacy for mayor of New York City.
1997: David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Releases

1958: The Monotones, "Book of Love"
1966: Simon and Garfunkel, "Homeward Bound"
1972: Yes, "Roundabout"
1975: Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

Recording

1942: Mildred Bailey, "More Than You Know"
1956: "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You"
1957: The Coasters, "Young Blood"

Certifications

1960: Pat Boone's album Pat's Great Hits is certified gold
1961: The Miracles' "Shop Around" is certified gold
1973: Elton John's album Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player is certified gold

Charts

1955: The McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" hits #1
1972: Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" hits #1
1977: Barbra Streisand's soundtrack album A Star Is Born hits #1

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