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Today in Oldies Music History: February 19

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Births

1912: Stan Kenton
1936: Bob Engemann (The Lettermen)
1940: Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
1943: Lou Christie
1948: Mark Andes (Spirit), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
1950: Francis Buchholz (Scorpions)

Deaths

1980: Bon Scott (AC/DC)

Events

1878: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison patents his latest (and personal favorite) creation, the phonograph. Beginning life as a telegraph repeater, the device was actually completed by an assistant working from Edison's sketches.
1952: Fixated on old war movies and wishing to join the fight in Korea while it was still in progress, seventeen-year-old Vincent Eugene Craddock enters the US Navy. He would later go on to fame as Gene Vincent.
1956: Elvis Presley performs three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, billed as "Country Music's Mr. Rhythm."
1958: Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to sign with the Columbia label as their first rockabilly artist.
1965: Rod Stewart plays his first major gig in a Harrow, England club, singing with his band, The Soul Agents.
1968: Gerry Marsden (of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame) begins a 3 1/2 year run in the stage production of Charlie Girl in London's West End.
1970: Boyce and Hart guest star on ABC's Bewitched.
1971: In London's Royal Courts of Justice, Paul McCartney's lawsuit against his fellow ex-Beatles begins. McCartney's suit seeks to remove Allen Klein as manager of the group's financial affairs.
1972: Sammy Davis Jr. makes his notorious guest appearance on CBS' All In The Family, giving the show's main character, white bigot Archie Bunker, a big kiss.
1974: The First Annual American Music Awards, Dick Clark's answer to the Grammys, is broadcast on ABC. Hosts include Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller.
1974: KISS make their television debut on an episode of ABC's Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
1976: Rich Stevens of the soul group Tower of Power is arrested in San Jose, CA, for a drug-related triple homicide that had taken place the night before. He will be found guilty in November.
1981: Five years after George Harrison is found guilty of “subconscious plagiarism” in appropriating the melody of the Chiffons' "He's So Fine" in his own hit "My Sweet Lord," Judge Richard Owen of New York State Supreme Court awards the plaintiff, ABKCO Music, the sum of $587,000 in damages.
1985: After years in the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger releases his first solo album, entitled She's The Boss.
1987: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Jesse Ed Davis join bluesman Taj Mahal onstage during his concert at Hollywood's Palomino Club.
1998: Eighties rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats reunite for a charity show at Los Angeles' House of Blues. The show benefited the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.

Releases

1955: Pat Boone, "Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love"
1958: The Miracles, "Got A Job"
1977: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

Recording

1942: Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, "I’ll Take Tallulah"
1956: The Platters, "Magic Touch"
1964: Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sounds Of Silence" (original)
1965: The Beatles, "You're Going To Lose That Girl"
1969: Elvis Presley: "Do You Know Who I Am?," "Kentucky Rain," "Only the Strong Survive"

Certifications

1976: Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" is certified gold

Charts

1949: John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen" hits #1 R&B
1966: Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes" hits #1
1972: Badfinger's album Straight Up enters the charts
1972: Nilsson's "Without You" hits #1
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" hits #1
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