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Today in Oldies Music History: February 14

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Births

1931: Phyllis McGuire (The McGuire Sisters)
1934: Merl Saunders
1937: Magic Sam
1939: Razzy Bailey
1940: Lillie Bryant (Billy and Lillie)
1943: Eric Andersen, Maceo Parker
1945: Vic Briggs (The Animals)
1947: Tim Buckley
1950: Roger Fisher (Heart)

Deaths

1999: Buddy Knox

Events

1957: Jazz great Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.
1958: CBS' Walter Cronkite reports that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."
1961: The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.
1961: The earliest video footage of the Beatles as a band is taken during their performance at the Casanova Club in Liverpool.
1964: Chad and Jeremy guest star on ABC's The Patty Duke Show.
1968: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention announce that work has begun on the band's quasi-documentary Uncle Meat.
1970: The Who play a legendary concert at Leeds University in England which will become the Live at Leeds LP.
1970: Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."
1972: On the same day the band breaks up for the first time, Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty declares today "Steppenwolf Day."
1972: The Fifties tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long stint as guest hosts on the syndicated Mike Douglas Show.
1973: David Bowie collapses due to "total exhaustion" at the end of his Valentine's Day show at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1974: Rolling Stone reports that David Bowie has declined an offer from a gay liberation group who asked him to compose "the world's first Gay National Anthem."
1974: The Bob Dylan / The Band tour comes to an end at the Forum in Los Angeles after 39 shows in 21 cities. Attendees at the last show include Carole King, Neil Young, Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson. Ringo Starr declares it "bloody fantastic. The best concert I've ever been to." Much of the performance is recorded for the LP Before The Flood.
1974: Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (a/k/a The Captain and Tennille) are married in Virginia City, NV.
1980: Lou Reed marries Sylvia Morales in New York City's Greenwich Village.
1984: Elton John marries sound engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. Attendees include Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart.
1986: Frank Zappa guest stars on NBC's Miami Vice.
1990: The Rolling Stones begin their first-ever tour of Japan at Tokyo's Korakuen Dome.
1993: Harry Nilsson suffers his first heart attack.
1994: The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons.
1999: Elton John guest stars on Fox's The Simpsons.
2000: KISS announces their "farewell tour."
2001: Fox debuts Barbra Streisand: Timeless, a film of her "farewell concert."

Releases

1979: George Harrison, George Harrison

Recording

1967: Aretha Franklin, "Respect"
1967: The Beatles, "Only A Northern Song"
1970: The Who, Live At Leeds

Certifications

1966: Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" is certified gold

Charts

1931: Ted Lewis' "Just A Gigolo" hits #1
1953: Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again with You" hits #1
1970: Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" hits #1
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