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Today in Oldies Music History: February 24

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Today In Oldies Music History: February 24

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Births

1932: Michel LeGrand
1941: Joanie Sommers
1942: Paul Jones (Manfred Mann)
1944: Nicky Hopkins
1947: Rupert Holmes
1947: Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band)

Deaths

1990: Johnnie Ray
1991: Webb Pierce
1994: Burt Reynolds
2002: Arthur Lyman
2004: Estelle Axton
2008: Larry Norman (People)

Events

1956: Looking for a legal loophole with which to shut down rock and roll shows, police in Cleveland, OH enforce a 1931 ordinance forbidding minors from dancing without adult supervision.
1963: The Rolling Stones get their first steady gig at London's Station Hotel, performing on Sundays in the Crawdaddy room for a grand total of $67 a week.
1965: The Beatles begin shooting their second movie, Help!, in the Bahamas as director Richard Lester films them riding bicycles near the airport.
1967: The Bee Gees sign their first management contract with Robert Stigwood.
1973: The Byrds break up for the first time after playing one last gig at The Capitol Theatre, in Passaic, NJ.
1976: The Eagles' LP Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) becomes the first album to be awarded a platinum disc for sales of one million copies. It would eventually go on to be the best-selling US album of all time.
1978: Ray Charles duets on "It's A Miracle" in tonight's broadcast of ABC-TV's The Second Barry Manilow Special.
1981: Herman's Hermits' Peter Noone and singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop guest-star on tonight's "I Do, I Do" episode of ABC-TV's sitcom Laverne and Shirley.
1987: At tonight's Grammy Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and B.B. King.
1988: As a joke, Alice Cooper runs for Governor of his native Arizona, as a member of the "Wild" Party.
1990: The Byrds' David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman reunite for the first time in years at a tribute concert for the recently deceased Roy Orbison, performing "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
1992: The US Postal Service's infamous "Elvis stamps" are unveiled, with the institution allowing fans to vote for which of two versions -- a thin, '50s Elvis or a fat '70s one -- will make the final cut. Eventually, thin wins by 3 to 1.
1998: England's Queen Elizabeth II knights Elton John during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2000: Georgie Fame is arrested for a DUI after driving home from his concert in Wales. He's fined 350 pounds and has his driver's licensed suspended for a year.
2002: Charlie Daniels appears as himself on tonight's "Peggy's Fan Fair" episode of Fox-TV's animated sitcom King Of The Hill.
2004: Singer Lena Horne threatens to withdraw permission for a TV movie of her life after star Janet Jackson suffers her shocking "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson quits the project.
2004: After EMI refuses to let DJ Danger Mouse release his Grey Album, a mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album with samples from the Beatles' "White Album," the DJ makes the album available as a download, for free, on his website for one day.

Releases

1975: Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti

Recording

1940: Frances Langford, "When You Wish Upon A Star"
1957: Elvis Presley, "Loving You"
1965: Elvis Presley, "Shake That Tambourine"
1965: The Beach Boys, "Help Me Rhonda"
1967: The Beatles, "Lovely Rita"
1969: Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash At San Quentin
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Last Experience Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Charts

1958: The Silhouettes' "Get A Job" hits #1
1973: Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" hits #1

Certifications

1976: The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
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