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Today in Oldies Music History: January 15

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Births

1909: Gene Krupa
1929: Earl Hooker
1941: Captain Beefheart
1949: Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1951: Charo
1952: Melvyn Gale (The Electric Light Orchestra)

Deaths

1992: Dee Murray (The Elton John Band)
1994: Harry Nilsson

Events

1955: A young singer named Elvis Presley performs at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, performing "Hearts Of Stone," "That's All Right, Mama" and "Tweedle Dee." In the audience is "Colonel" Tom Parker, who was witnessing Elvis for the first time.
1955: Billboard magazine reports that "music with an R&B beat is not longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms," citing the recent success of white pop covers of R&B hits.
1961: The Supremes sign with Motown Records.
1964: In Chicago, Capitol records obtains an injuction which prohibits Vee-Jay Records from manufacturing or distributing any further Beatles records. Vee-Jay files suit against Capitol and Swan, which owned the rights to "She Loves You."
1967: The film The Fastest Guitar Alive, starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City.
1967: Ed Sullivan refuses to let the Rolling Stones sing their big hit "Let’s Spend the Night Together" on his CBS show of the same name unless they change the title and lyrics to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." The band does as it's told, but lead singer Mick Jagger mocks the censorship by making faces at the camera while he sings the cleaned-up line.
1973: The Rolling Stones announce an upcoming benefit concert for the people of Managua, Nicaragua, devastated by an earthquake the previous month. (Nicaragua was the birthplace of lead singer Mick Jagger's wife, Bianca.)
1974: The Fifties-nostalgia sitcom Happy Days premieres on ABC.
1982: Harry Casey (the KC in KC and the Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in a Miami car crash. His recovery takes the better part of a year.
1992: The Seventh Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. and the MGs, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam and Dave, and The Yardbirds.
1998: James Brown is admitted to a South Carolina hospital for addiction to painkillers.
2003: In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lou Rawls is arrested on one count of battery against his girlfriend.

Releases

1971: George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"
1977: David Bowie, Low

Recording

1942: The Glen Gray Orchestra, "It’s the Talk of the Town"
1958: Elvis Presley: "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble," "New Orleans," "King Creole," "Crawfish"
1967: The Buckinghams, "Don't You Care"
1968: Elvis Presley, "Too Much Monkey Business"
1969: Elvis Presley: "A Little Bit of Green," "Gentle on My Mind"
1971: Chase, "Get It On"

Certifications

1964: The King and I soundtrack album is certified gold
1966: The Rolling Stones' December's Children album is certified gold
1968: John Fred and the Playboy Band's "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" is certified gold
1974: Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" is certified gold

Charts

1966: The Supremes' "My World is Empty Without You" enters the pop charts
1972: Don McLean's "American Pie" hits #1
1977: Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" hits #1
1977: The Eagles' Hotel California album hits #1
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