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Today in Oldies Music History: February 22

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Today In Oldies Music History: February 22

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Births

1923: Hurricane Smith
1936: Ernie K-Doe
1938: Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters)
1943: Mick Green (Johnny Kidd and the Pirates)
1945: Oliver
1953: John Sparks (Dr. Feelgood)

Deaths

1976: Florence Ballard (The Supremes)
1987: Andy Warhol
1994: Papa John Creach
2001: John Fahey

Events

1957: Gladys and Vernon Presley, Elvis' parents, are filmed in the audience as their son performs "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do" for Loving You. After her death, Elvis will never watch the scene again.
1958: The Rock and Roll movie The Big Beat, a virtual rewrite of 1957's Rock Around The Clock, opens in Detroit, featuring The Diamonds, The Del-Vikings, The Mills Brothers, and Fats Domino, who sings the hit title track.
1963: Fulfilling the prophecy of producer George Martin, "Please Please Me" by The Beatles becomes the group's first Number One hit in the UK. That same day, the group forms their Northern Songs publishing company, and later manager Brian Epstein brings the group to a Soho eatery to celebrate.
1967: Having dispensed with an earlier attempt to hum a single chord, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatles assistant Mal Evans, sitting at three different pianos, strike a simultaneous E major chord nine times, finally producing on the last take the final chord of "A Day In The Life." George Martin later overdubs the same chord on a harmonium, to get an even more lasting effect, and then the entire recording, which lasts 43 seconds, is overdubbed three times and attached to the end of the song. The fadeout is elongated by bringing up the faders in the studio, with the result that one of the piano stools can be heard creaking during the decay. (David Crosby of The Byrds is visiting in the studio, but does not contribute.)
1969: In Britain's {i]Oz Magazine, reviewer Felix Dennis says, of Led Zeppelin's debut album: "Very occasionally a long-playing record is released that defies immediate classification or description, simply because it's so obviously a turning point in rock music that only time proves capable of shifting it into eventual perspective."
1986: Having just acquired all 45 episodes of The Monkees, cable channel MTV airs them all in a 22-hour marathon, sparking a completely unexpected career revival for the prefab pop group.
1990: Stevie Wonder wins a lawsuit brought by an associate, Lloyd Chiate, who alleged that the singer stole part of his 1976 song "I Just Called To Say" for Stevie's 1984 smash, "I Just Called To Say I Love You."
2000: The recently departed soul legend Curtis Mayfield is honored at a First African Methodist Episcopal Church service in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and, spontaneously, Lauryn Hill.
2001: British newspaper Sunday Mirror reports that the Beatles, who have been broken up for 31 years, are nevertheless the top grossing recording group of the year 2000.
2002: Little Richard is this year's recipient of the Image Award from the NAACP.
2004: Bobby Vinton collapses during a show in Lancaster, PA, but the piano player catches him before he falls. Sweating heavily, the singer recovers backstage and is not hospitalized.
2008: Muscle Shoals native Boyd Bennett, of "My Boy -- Flat Top" fame, is inducted into the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
2008: After much controversy and debate over whether or not to honor recently deceased musician and Mississippi native Ike Turner, the state legislature compromises and passes a resolution that honors his musical achievements only.

Releases

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Recording

1967: The Beatles, "A Day In The Life"
1969: The Beatles, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
1969: Elvis Presley: "In The Ghetto," "Who Am I?"

Charts

1956: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" enters the charts
1960: Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place" hits #1
1975: Average White Band's "Pick Up The Pieces" hits #1
1975: The Average White Band LP AWB hits #1

Certifications

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