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Today in Oldies Music History: January 18

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Births

1941: Bobby Goldsboro, David Ruffin (The Temptations)
1943: Dave Greenslade
1944: "Legs" Larry Smith (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
1953: Brett Hudson (The Hudson Brothers)

Deaths

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Events

1944: New York City's Metropolitan Opera House holds its first jazz concert, featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1948: The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour debuts on the Dumont network, a spinoff of Major Bowes' popular radio series. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone, among others, are discovered via the program.
1965: Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1968: At a White House luncheon to discuss the rise in urban crime, Eartha Kitt gets into a notorious spat with First Lady Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson, declaring, "Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason." Although accounts of the entire argument differ, Kitt is subsequently blackballed in America.
1969: Former Beatle Pete Best wins his eight-million-dollar defamation suit against his former group (but settles for considerably less money in the judgment).
1973: Pink Floyd begin recording their legendary Dark Side of the Moon album.
1973: The Rolling Stones hold a benefit concert at the Los Angeles Forum for victims of the recent Nicaraguan earthquake, raising over $200,000 for the cause. (Lead singer Mick Jagger personally contributes an extra $150,000.)
1974: Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople's Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson's Boz Burrell unite to form the band Bad Company.
1975: Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago officially declares today Bobby Vinton Day.
1977: President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Concert takes place the night before the swearing-in, featuring performances by Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin, among others. John Lennon and Paul Simon are among those spotted in the crowd.
1978: Neil Sedaka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1980: Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1985: USA Today readers select Cleveland, OH, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1987: Steve Winwood marries Eugenia Grafton.
1989: The Fourth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.
1990: Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented eighteen-night concert stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1995: The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia escapes unhurt when his rented BMW crashes into a guardrail near Mill Valley, California.
1996: Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.

Releases

1975: Minnie Ripperton, "Lovin' You"

Recording

1939: Louis Armstrong, "Jeepers Creepers"
1973: Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon

Certifications

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Charts

1956: Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" enters the pop charts
1956: The Bill Haley and the Comets album Rock Around the Clock enters the charts
1960: Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" hits #1
1964: The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" enters the pop charts
1969: The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine enters the charts
1975: Barry Manilow's "Mandy" hits #1
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