1. Entertainment
Send to a Friend via Email

Discuss in my forum

Today in Oldies Music History: January 4

By

Today in Oldies Music History: January 4

Births

1933: Ray Starling
1943: John McLaughlin
1944: Volker Hemback (Tangerine Dream)
1946: Arthur Conley

Deaths

1979: Charlie Mingus
1986: Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

Events

1932: NBC's "Red" radio network debuts The Carnation Contented Hour, which would go on to showcase many of the era's top musical performers.
1936: Billboard publishes the first pop music chart based on national sales. At Number One: Joe Venuti's "Stop! Look! Listen!"
1950: Two years after Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record, RCA announces its intention to follow suit.
1954: A young truck driver named Elvis Presley enters the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, TN, ostensibly to record a song for his mother's birthday (which was, in reality, many months away). He records "Casual Love Affair" and "I’ll Never Stand in Your Way." It was this recording that would lead MRS head Sam Phillips to call Presley back to record for his Sun Records label.
1957: On NBC's The Steve Allen Show, former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis introduces the world to singer Solomon Burke, who performs Louis' song "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide."
1957: Elvis Presley reports for his pre-induction Army physical in Memphis.
1962: In their first major national exposure in their native Britain, Mersey Beat devotes most of today's issue to the Beatles, who'd just topped their readers' poll.
1965: Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.
1970: The Who's Keith Moon accidentally runs over his chauffeur, Neil Boland, killing him. Apparently, Moon's car was under attack from some unruly teenagers, and when Boland jumped out to get them to move, Moon, in a panic, got behind the wheel to drive the car away himself. Unfortunately, the crowd had since pushed Boland under the car.
1971: The film Performance, starring Mick Jagger, premieres in London two years after its completion.
1973: The Allman Brothers publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.
1976: Longtime Beatles roadie/bodyguard Mal Evans is shot and killed by police in Los Angeles, who apparently mistake his air gun for the real thing. Evans' girlfriend had called the police, claiming he was upset and despondent.
1979: Due to renewed interest in the Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band. The Beatles do not attend.

Releases

none

Recording

1935: Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra, "Hors D’oeuvres"
1957: Louis Jordan, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"
1962: Gene McDaniels, "Point Of No Return"
1967: The Beatles, "Penny Lane"
1970: The Beatles, "Let It Be"

Certifications

1974: Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is certified gold

Charts

1960: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" hits #1
1964: Bobby Vinton's "There! I've Said it Again" hits #1
1975: Phoebe Snow's "Poetry Man" enters the pop charts
1975: Elton John's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" hits #1
  1. About.com
  2. Entertainment
  3. Oldies Music
  4. Oldies History
  5. Today in Oldies Music History: January 4

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.