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Today in Oldies Music History: January 25

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Births

1925: Barbara Carroll
1934: Elizabeth Allen
1938: Etta James
1954: Richard Finch (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1958: Gary Tibbs (Roxy Music)

Deaths

none

Events

1958: Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK pop charts at Number One, the first single to ever do so in the country.
1963: Cilla Black makes her stage debut at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
1963: EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.
1964: Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain's Juke Box Jury program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.
1967: Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick and Paul Kantner become the proud parents of a baby girl they name "God." (Her name is later changed to "China.")
1980: Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail after nine days. He had been incarcerated after Japanese customs officials found half a pound of marijuana in his luggage. McCartney flies to Amsterdam to meet with his family.
1984: John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, donates $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Field, an orphanage which served as the inspiration for the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever."
1987: Neil Diamond performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXI in Pasadena, CA.
1990: The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley guest stars on NBC's Cheers.
1990: CBS' 48 Hours program profiles Paul McCartney.
1991: Paul McCartney appears on MTV's Unplugged.
1999: The Rolling Stones begin their "No Security" Tour in Oakland, CA.
2003: Clarence Carter and Eddie Floyd are inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
2003: Billy Joel escapes relatively unharmed when he totals his Mercedes on a highway in his native Long Island, NY.

Releases

1962: Sam Cooke, "Twistin' the Night Away"

Recording

1940: Mary Martin, "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
1960: Sam Cooke, "Chain Gang"
1969: The Beatles, "Two Of Us," "For You Blue," "Let It Be"

Certifications

none

Charts

1964: The Beatles' "She Loves You" enters the pop charts
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" enters the pop charts
1975: The Carpenters' "Please Mr. Postman" hits #1
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