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Today in Oldies Music History: January 20

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Births

1888: Leadbelly
1922: Ray Anthony
1924: Slim Whitman
1926: David Tudor
1933: Earl Grant
1935: Buddy Blake
1941: Ron Townson (The 5th Dimension)
1945: Eric Stewart (The Mindbenders, 10CC)
1947: George Grantham (Poco)
1948: Melvin Pritchard (Barclay James Harvest)
1952: Ian Hill (Judas Priest), Paul Stanley (KISS)
1955: Michael Anthony (Van Halen)

Deaths

1965: Alan Freed

Events

1958: Radio station KWK in St. Louis, MO, finishes its "Record Breaking Week" of weeding out rock and roll and rhythm and blues records from its playlist. Records were spun once, then broken on air.
1958: Elvis Presley receives his draft notice in Memphis, TN. It allows a sixty-day deferment for the King to finish his film King Creole.
1965: The Rolling Stones and the Kinks both make their debut on ABC's Shindig! along with guests Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1966: Promoter Bill Graham holds a three-day "Trips Festival" at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, CA, featuring Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, the Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1968: In his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident two years earlier, Bob Dylan joins Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and the Band at a Carnegie Hall tribute concert for Woody Guthrie.
1971: Diana Ross marries Bob Silberstein.
1973: Following his newfound success as a country and western artist, Jerry Lee Lewis finally takes the stage at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Although officials instruct him to play only country and to keep his comments clean, Lewis eventually breaks both rules, playing his classic rock and roll hits and declaring himself "the rock & rollin', country and western, rhythm and blues singin' motherf-----."
1974: After only five months of recovery from a near-fatal car crash, Stevie Wonder returns to performance with a show at London's Rainbow Theatre.
1988: The Third Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, and The Supremes. Beach Boy Mike Love raises eyebrows with his acceptance speech, which methodically insults most of the honorees (among others).

Releases

1958: The Silhouettes, "Get a Job"
1964: The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!

Recording

1942: Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, "Who Wouldn’t Love You"
1967: The Beatles, "A Day In The Life"
1967: Arthur Conley, "Sweet Soul Music"
1969: Elvis Presley, "In The Ghetto"

Certifications

none

Charts

1957: Ricky Nelson's album Ricky hits #1
1968: John Fred and His Playboy Band's "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" hits #1
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