Today In Oldies Music History: January 2--
Births1930: Julius LaRosa
1936: Roger Miller
1949: Chick Churchill (Ten Years After)
1954: Glenn Gones (Parliament, Funkadelic)
Deaths1974: Tex Ritter
1980: Larry Williams
1981: David Lynch (The Platters)
1997: Randy California
2000: Nat Adderley
2003: Edward Farran (The Arbors)
Events1926: The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."
1955: Johnny Ace's funeral is held in Memphis, TN, attracting an unprecedented 5,000 mourners. Junior Parker and Roscoe Gordon, fellow blues/R&B stars, are among his pallbearers.
1962: An upcoming appearance by the Weavers on NBC-TV's influential Tonight Show, with host Jack Parr, is canceled after the left-leaning folkies refuse to sign a statement denying any involvement with the US Communist Party.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's new experimental album, Two Virgins, is seized by New Jersey authorities after viewing the front cover, a non-sexual full-frontal nude shot of the couple. Apple eventually gets around the problem by issuing the LP in a plain brown wrapper, like pornography.
1969: The Beatles gather in Twickenham Studios in London to begin rehearsals for their new project, tentatively titled Get Back and eventually released as the LP and film Let It Be. Conceived by Paul McCartney as a bare-bones, "return to roots" worldwide satellite concert that would bring the band back to the camaraderie of their earliest days, it proves instead to be a disaster -- the Twickenham studios are cold, the new material is mostly subpar, the band seems half-hearted, and all four members begin sniping with each other over unresolved issues left over from "The White Album." The film and LP would eventually be released after the band breaks up, and the Beatles would go on to record one more proper studio farewell LP, Abbey Road, but for all intents and purposes the Beatles were over.
1975: US District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated.
1978: An independent record store in Los Angeles called Rhino Records releases their first LP, Wildmania by local character Wildman Fischer, three years after releasing a novelty single by Fischer called "Go To Rhino Records."
1985: Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).
1999: Isaac Hayes suddenly finds himself with his first UK hit in years when the novelty song "Chocolate Salty Balls," done under the pseudonym Chef, his character on TV's South Park, hits Number One.
2008: Despite his best attempts to keep the operation a secret, Paul McCartney is revealed by Billboard magazine to have undergone a recent coronary angioplasty.
Releases1968: Elvis Presley, Elvis Golden Records Volume 4
1971: Elvis Presley, Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
1974: Elvis Presley, Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1
Recording1941: The Andrews Sisters, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
Charts1954: Eddie Fisher's "Oh! My Pa-Pa" hits #1
1965: Elvis Presley's soundtrack LP Roustabout hits #1
1971: George Harrison's LP All Things Must Pass hits #1