Today In Oldies Music History: July 16--
Births1911: Ginger Rogers
1925: Cal Tjader
1925: Nat Pierce
1927: Mindy Carson
1939: Denise LaSalle
1940: Tony Jackson (The Searchers)
1942: Desmond Dekker
1947: Thomas Boggs (The Box Tops)
Deaths1981: Harry Chapin
1984: Billy Williams
1996: John Panozzo (Styx)
2003: Celia Cruz
Events1955: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the national charts as "Baby, Let's Play House" enters the Cash Box country charts at #15.
1960: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' "Finger Poppin' Time," "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go," and his original version of "The Twist" are all on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the first time any act has had three charting records simultaneously.
1962: The Beach Boys sign to Capitol Records following the success of their independently released 45, "Surfin'," and a four-song demo recorded the previous month, featuring work versions of "Surfer Girl," "409," and "Surfin' Safari."
1966: Ex-Yardbirds guitarist Eric Clapton forms Cream, the original "power trio," with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker of the Graham Bond Organization.
1967: Today's Newport Folk Festival features Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Tom Paxton, among others.
1972: Smokey Robinson performs his final show with the Miracles at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, DC. At the end of the show, Smokey introduces his replacement, 20-year-old Billy Griffin.
1976: After six years, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina decide to split up their partnership, which had three big hits in "Thinking Of You," "My Music," and "Your Mama Don't Dance."
1976: Due the bi-coastal distance (and increasing differences) between Gregg Allman and the other band members, the Allman Brothers call it quits.
1980: Donna Summer marries Bruce Sudano, former member of Brooklyn Dreams, who appeared on her 1979's hit "Heaven Knows."
1995: At North Carolina's Duke University Medical Center, Wayne Osmond of the Osmonds undergoes an operation to remove a brain tumor.
1996: Michael Jackson receives somewhere between $15 and 20 million for his performance at the Sultan of Brunei's private birthday party.
2005: The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts its seventh annual group of honorees in Wildwood, NJ: The Angels, Brooklyn Bridge, the Chiffons, the Chi-Lites, the Del-Vikings, Fleetwood Mac, The Hilltoppers, the Mel-Tones, The Neville Brothers, the Pointer Sisters, The Rascals, The Righteous Brothers, the Sons of the Pioneers, and the Tymes.
Releases1966: The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City"
1966: The Who, "I'm Free"
1973: Bob Dylan, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Recording1963: The Beach Boys, "In My Room"
1959: The Coasters, "Poison Ivy"
1968: The Beatles, "Cry Baby Cry"
1969: The Beatles: "Here Comes The Sun," "Something"
Charts1966: Tommy James and the Shondells' "Hanky Panky" hits #1
1977: Shaun Cassidy's "Da Doo Ron Ron" hits #1
1977: Barry Manilow's Barry Manilow Live hits #1