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Today in Oldies Music History: January 16

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Births

1909: Ethel Merman
1929: G.T. Hogan
1937: Bob Bogle (The Ventures)
1942: Bill Francis (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show), Barbara Lynn
1944: Ronnie Milsap, Jim Stafford
1950: Damo Suzuki (Can)

Deaths

1972: David Seville (The Chipmunks)
1973: Clara Ward
1975: Paul Beaver (Beaver and Krause)

Events

1938: Benny Goodman brings jazz to New York City's Carnegie Hall for the first time with a concert there. When asked how long an intermission he wanted, Goodman joked, "How much does Toscanini get?"
1960: In Britain, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appear together on ITV's pop show Boy Meets Girl.
1965: Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give the Beatles two or three years more at the top."
1969: At Twickenham Film Studios in London, the Beatles conclude rehearsals for their Get Back project (later retitled Let It Be).
1970: John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit at the Arts Gallery in London is closed down by Scotland Yard. The original Lennon lithographs in the exhibit are ruled obscene. Eight prints are confiscated.
1971: At a press conference in Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."
1975: Sly and the Family Stone fail to attract much notice with their eight-show, six-night "comeback" bid at Radio City Music Hall.
1975: Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They would stay through Mardi Gras.
1976: The television variety show Donny and Marie, starring Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC.
1979: Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers becomes final.
1980: Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for possession of a half-pound of marijuana found in his luggage. He would spend ten days behind bars -- the only time ever spent away from wife Linda -- before being expelled from the country by Japanese authorities. (His Japanese tour, naturally, was canceled.)
1981: The sitcom Harper Valley P.T.A., based on Jeannie C. Riley's hit song, debuts on NBC.
1988: With his recent hit "Got My Mind Set On You," the Beatles' George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of Number One hits in pop music history -- 24 years. (The Beach Boys would soon break this record, however, with their hit "Kokomo.")
1991: The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner.
1992: Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1996: Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane Hemisphere Dancer is shot at by Jamaican authorities after being mistaken for a drug smuggler's plane. Buffett and U2's Bono, also on board, are unhurt. The incident inspires Buffett's song "Jamaica Mistaica."
1996: Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.
1999: Warren Zevon, America, and Delbert McClinton perform at the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. America, perhaps predictably, performs "Ventura Highway."
2002: A section of Interstate 80 in Californis is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

Releases

1965: The Guess Who, "Shakin' All Over"
1976: Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive!

Recording

1932: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, "It Don't Mean a Thing"
1942: Kay Kyser, "A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal)"
1957: Little Richard, "Lucille"
1958: Elvis Presley: "Dixieland Rock," "Lover Doll," "Don't Ask Me Why," "As Long As I Have You," "Steadfast, Loyal and True"
1968: Elvis Presley: "Goin' Home," "Stay Away"

Certifications

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Charts

1957: Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop charts
1965: The Temptations' "My Girl" enters the pop charts
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