Today In Oldies Music History: July 15--
Births1905: Dorothy Fields
1913: Cowboy Copas
1936: H. B. Barnum
1940: Tommy Dee
1944: Millie Jackson
1945: Peter Lewis (Moby Grape)
1946: Linda Ronstadt
1948: Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1952: Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special)
1952: Johnny Thunders (The New York Dolls)
1953: Alicia Bridges
1953: David Pack (Ambrosia)
Deaths1967: John Coltrane
1982: Bill Justis
1990: Bobby Day
1991: Bert Convy (The Cheers)
Events1952: An eight-year-old singer named Gladys Knight appears on the popular TV show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, show on the now-defunct Dumont Television Network, and wins the first prize of $2000 for her rendition of Nat King Cole's "Too Young." In five years, she would be an established recording artist.
1952: Popular singer Patti Page begins her summer replacement series on CBS, attempting to hold the audience in Perry Como's usual timeslot three times a week for 15 minutes.
1958: While visiting her sister Mimi's house (where her son John now lived), Julia Lennon walks down Menlove Avenue to catch the bus and is struck by a car driven by an off-duty constable still learning to drive. The officer is eventually cleared of all charges, leading Mimi to scream "Murderer!" at him; The 17-year-old John is so distraught at her funeral service that he lays his head on Mimi's lap the entire time. (Ironically, the constable in question would later become a postman with a route that included Paul McCartney's boyhood home.) Several Beatles and Lennon songs are dedicated to or inspired by Julia, including "Julia," "Mother," and "My Mummy's Dead."
1963: Elvis begins filming his 15th film, Viva Las Vegas, with Ann-Margret.
1968: The Beatles' new enterprise, Apple, enters its new corporate headquarters on 3 Savile Row, London, later the site of their famous "rooftop concert."
1973: At a festival concert in White City, London, a visibly distraught Ray Davies, newly separated from his wife, announces on stage that he's retiring from show business, leaves the concert, and checks into a local hospital for exhaustion. (A week later, he will return to the band.)
1978: Bob Dylan performs at the largest open-air concert in history for a solo artists, playing for over 200,000 fans at "The Picnic at Blackbushe," held at England's Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire.
1980: Linda Ronstadt makes a well-recieved dramatic debut in Joseph Papp's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance in New York's Central Park, setting off a "Pirates" fad that would last for the next three years.
1986: Columbia Records, Johnny Cash's home for 28 years, drops the singer from its roster of artists.
1999: The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years, a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
2000: Bob Seger's 62-foot boat Lightning wins its division in the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI.
Recording1942: Glenn Miller, "Jukebox Saturday Night"
1968: The Beatles, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Cry Baby Cry"
1969: The Beatles, "You Never Give Me Your Money"
Charts1957: Elvis Presley's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" b/w Loving You" hits #1
1972: Elton John's Honky Chateau hits #1
1978: The Rolling Stones' Some Girls hits #1