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Today in Oldies Music History: January 21




1917: Billy Maxted
1927: Frank Virtue (The Virtues)
1936: Snooks Eaglin
1938: Wolfman Jack
1941: Richie Havens
1942: Mac Davis, Edwin Starr
1948: Peter Kircher (Status Quo)
1950: Billy Ocean


1984: Jackie Wilson
1996: Francisco Garcia (Cannibal and the Headhunters)
1997: Colonel Tom Parker
1999: Charles Brown
2002: Peggy Lee


1932: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani gives a concert at Queen’s Hall in England, garnering excellent reviews and launching his career. (You may know him better simply as Mantovani.)
1957: Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, Loving You.
1957: An unknown singer named Patsy Cline wins on CBS' Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program with a rendition of the song "Walking After Midnight."
1965: The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City's famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country.
1966: The Beatles' George Harrison marries Patricia Anne Boyd at the Esher Register Office, Surrey, England. Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney and Manager Brian Epstein are in attendance. Pattie, a fashion model, had been Harrison's girlfriend since they met on the set of A Hard Day's Night two years earlier. Eventually, Boyd would begin an affair with Harrison's best friend, Eric Clapton, for whom the guitarist would write the classic "Layla."
1970: ABC gives the "summer replacement" Johnny Cash Show a permanent home on the prime time schedule.
1974: Governor of Georgia (and future President) Jimmy Carter invites Bob Dylan to a party at the Governor's Mansion at the insistence of his son Chip. Afterwards, Carter declared that "He [Dylan] never intiates conversation, but he'll answer a question if you ask him."
1982: B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the Fifties.
1987: The Second Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B. B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson.
1998: James Brown is released from a South Carolina hospital after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.




1942: Count Basie, "One O’Clock Jump"
1957: Chuck Berry, "School Day"
1965: The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
1957: Elvis Presley, "Party"
1969: Elvis Presley: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rubberneckin'," "Hey Jude," "My Little Friend," "Inherit the Wind," "Mama Liked the Roses"


1959: The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" is certified gold


1956: Bill Haley's album Rock Around the Clock enters the charts
1967: The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" enters the pop charts
1978: The soundtrack album to Saturday Night Fever hits #1
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