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Today in Oldies Music History: January 13

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Today in Oldies Music History: January 13

Births

1884: Sophie Tucker
1909: Butter Jackson
1930: Liz Anderson, Robert "Squirrel" Lester (The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Chi-Lites)
1955: Fred White (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Deaths

1979: Donny Hathaway

Events

1941: The Modernaires vocal group joins the Glenn Miller Orchestra on a permanent basis.
1968: Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio laboratory reports that tests have determined rock and roll concerts cause noise damage in teenagers' ears.
1969: After his triumphant '68 "comeback" special, Elvis Presley decides to take more control of his career and begins recording in Memphis for the first time since he left Sun Records. Over the next three weeks at Chips Moman's American Recording Studios, Elvis records the songs that would return him to the top of the charts ("Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto" chief among them).
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.
1973: Eric Clapton, having recently kicked a debilitating heroin habit, makes his stage comeback at London's Rainbow Theater. He both opens and closes with "Layla." The two sold-out shows are a major success.
1976: Seven employees of Brunswick Records and Dakar Records are tried on charges of withholding more than $184,000 in artist royalties. The case is eventually thrown out, but the reputations of the defendants are irreparably damaged.
1979: The YMCA organization sues the Village People for copyright infringement over their song of the same name. The suit is eventually dropped.
2003: British police arrest Who guitarist Pete Townshend for possessing indecent images of children. Townshend had been discovered to have visited kiddie porn sites, but claims he was researching an upcoming book on his own experience with sexual abuse. The guitarist is placed on watch and cautioned but otherwise goes without punishment.

Releases

1958: Little Richard, "Good Golly Miss Molly"
1964: The Beatles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
1965: Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
1969: The Beatles, Yellow Submarine

Recording

1938: Allan Jones, "The Donkey Serenade"
1957: Elvis Presley: "Mean Woman Blues," "Peace in the Valley," "I Beg of You," "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
1969: Elvis Presley: "Long Black Limousine," "This Is the Story "

Certifications

1978: Elvis Presley's "My Way" is certified gold

Charts

1968: Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" enters the pop charts
1962: Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hits #1 for the second time
1973: Carly Simon's album No Secrets hits #1
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