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Today in Oldies Music History: January 22




1924: J.J. Johnson
1931: Sam Cooke
1940: Addie Harris (The Shirelles)
1949: Steve Perry (Journey)


1987: Tommy Tucker
1997: Ron Holden


1889: The Columbia Phonograph Company is formed in Washington, DC. The record label would eventually morph into the Columbia Broadcast System, better known today as CBS.
1959: In his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly sits alone with an acoustic guitar and records what would be his last songs -- "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough." After his tragic death, these recordings would be overdubbed to become the Holly songs we know today.
1960: Sam Cooke leaves the tiny Keen label to sign with RCA Records.
1962: Gene Chandler makes his television debut on ABC's American Bandstand.
1966: After a rare four-inch snowfall in Memphis, Elvis Presley and members of his "Memphis Mafia" build a snowman in front of Graceland (and have a snowball fight as well).
1967: Breaking with a British television tradition, the Rolling Stones refuse to appear on the revolving stage during the finale of ITV's Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
1968: Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its offices at 5 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London.
1969: The Beatles' George Harrison, meeting Billy Preston at the Apple offices, persuades him to join the Get Back sessions (later released as Let It Be).
1971: The Joe Cocker film Mad Dogs and Englishmen, featuring performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and others, premieres in London.
1981: The John Lennon obituary issue of Rolling Stone is published, featuring a naked photo of John embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. The photo was taken hours before his death.
1984: Barry Manilow sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVIII in Tampa, FL.
1989: KISS' Gene Simmons and Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed become the proud parents of son Nicholas.
1998: Sonny Bono's widow, Mary, announces that she will run for her late husband's 44th Congressional District seat in California.
2001: Chubby Checker guest stars on Fox's Ally McBeal.




1931: Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra, "Sugar Blues"
1963: The Drifters, "On Broadway"
1963: Gerry and the Pacemakers, "How Do You Do It"
1963: Elvis Presley: "Bossa Nova Baby," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "Mexico," "The Bullfighter Was a Lady," "Marguerita," "Vino, Dinero y Amor"
1966: The Beach Boys, "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
1969: The Beatles: "Dig A Pony," "I've Got A Feeling," "Don't Let Me Down"
1969: Elvis Presley: "I'm Movin' On," "Long Black Limousine," "Don't Cry Daddy," "Poor Man's Gold," "From a Jack to a King"


1974: Carly Simon's album Hotcakes is certified gold


1966: Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" enters the pop charts
1972: Don MacLean's album American Pie hits #1
1977: Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" hits #1
1977: Wings' album Wings Over America hits #1
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