Today In Oldies Music History: July 17--
Births1932: Vince Guaraldi
1933: Mimi Hines
1942: Gale Garnett
1942: Spencer Davis
1947: Wolfgang Flur (Kraftwerk)
1948: Ron Asheton (The Stooges)
1949: Terence "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath)
1949: Mick Tucker (Sweet)
1949: Mike Vale (Tommy James and the Shondells)
1952: Nicolette Larson
1952: Phoebe Snow
1952: Chet McCracken (The Doobie Brothers)
Deaths1959: Billie Holiday
1967: John Coltrane
1996: Chas Chandler (The Animals)
2006: Bill Miller (Frank Sinatra)
Events1946: A thirteen-year-old Petula Clark makes her TV debut on the BBC's Cabaret Cartoons.
1954: Session guitarist Danny Cedrone, who had duplicated his solo on Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock The Joint" for their new single, "Rock Around The Clock," dies after falling down a staircase in a Philadelphia restaurant.
1954: The Newport Jazz Festival, the world's first such, event, debuts on the tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.
1955: Walt Disney opens his amusement park, Disneyland, in Anaheim, CA, and on the live ABC television special he introduces his new teen and pre-teen sensations, the Mousketeers, including future star Annette Funicello.
1967: After only seven dates as opening act for the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix flips off the audience at New York's Forest Hills Stadium, which won't stop screaming for Davy Jones, and leaves the tour. Australian journalist Lillian Roxon, on tour in an official capacity, invents a fictional story claiming that the Daughters of the American Revolution had Hendrix kicked off the tour for "corrupting the morals of America's youth." Jimi is replaced on the tour by the equally unlikely band Vanilla Fudge.
1968: The Beatles' fourth film, the animated fantasy Yellow Submarine, premiers in London. Although the four "Beatles" in the picture are voiced by professional actors, the band itself makes a cameo in the finale, leading movie audiences through the song "All Together Now."
1972: On tour in Montreal, a bomb explodes under one of the Rolling Stones' trucks, blowing out 30 speakers but fortunately causing no injuries. Although the guilty party is never found (French separatists are suspected), the show goes on anyway. However, a small riot breaks out when three thousand of the fans discover the "tickets" they are holding are phonies.
1974: The Moody Blues open their own 32-track, state-of-the-art recording studio in London, the first in the whole country that can record in the new "Quadrophonic" process.
1974: John Lennon's appeal for US citizenship is denied by the government and he is given sixty days to leave the country.
1975: The divorce between Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox is finalized in London. Starr would marry current wife Barbara Bach in 1981.
1975: Bob Marley and the Wailers play a historic concert at London's Lyceum Theater which would feature the acclaimed Legend version of "No Woman, No Cry."
1987: With the fate of his band up in the air, Virgin Records signs the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards to a three-album solo deal.
1991: Picking up at the exact sane spot in the tour where they left off, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite after the horrible plane crash in 1974 that took the lives of three members. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, killed in the crash, is now replaced by his brother Johnny.
2004: At the end of her show at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas, Linda Ronstadt dedicates her encore, a cover of the Eagles' "Desperado," to filmmaker Michael Moore, urging fans to go see his current movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. A shocked audience reacts mostly with boos; approximately half walk out on the spot.
Releases1961: The Supremes, "Buttered Popcorn"
1962: Elvis Presley, "She's Not You"
1965: James Brown, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"
1965: The Miracles, "The Tracks Of My Tears"
1967: The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love" b/w "Baby, You're A Rich Man"
1976: Heart, "Magic Man"
Recording1939: Charlie Barnet, "Cherokee"
1969: The Beatles: "Oh! Darling," "Octopus's Garden"