Today In Oldies Music History: July 19--
Births1925: Sue Thompson
1932: Buster Benton
1937: George Hamilton IV
1941: Vicki Carr
1944: Commander Cody
1946: Alan Gorrie (Average White Band)
1947: Bernie Leadon (The Eagles)
1947: Brian May (Queen)
1947: Phil Upchurch
1947: Keith Godchaux (The Grateful Dead)
1952: Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Deaths2001: Judy Clay
Events1958: After a series of disputes over money (and a fistfight with the manager of Harlem's famous Apollo Theater), Drifters manager George Treadwell fires the entire group and installs the existing group the Five Crowns in their place, renaming them the Drifters. This lineup, featuring a lead tenor named Ben E. King, would prove to be the most popular critically and commercially, releasing hits like "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment," and "Save the Last Dance for Me."
1966: 50-year-old Frank Sinatra marries 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow in New York amid a sea of fourteen movie cameras and 37 regular cameras. The marriage, one of Hollywood's rockiest, will last only two years, with Sinatra issuing an ultimatum to Farrow as she is filming Roman Polanski's movie Rosemary's Baby -- one she will ignore, leading Sinatra to serve divorce papers to her on the set.
1969: The Spencer Davis Group calls it quits two years after the departure of the Winwood brothers, as well as a failed single and canceled album. (Nigel Olsson, the drummer in the final lineup, would go on to become Elton John's drummer.)
1980: Laguna Beach, CA's Vorpal Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Klaus Voorman, and Ron Wood.
1981: The mayor of Odessa, TX, declares today Roy Orbison Day in honor of the singer. (Orbison was actually from Wink, a microscopic town about 35 niles west.)
1987: Bruce Springsteen plays his first concert behind the "Iron Curtain" of Soviet-dominated countries, appearing in East Berlin in front of 100,000 fans (and simulcast on local TV).
1989: After finding over $40,000 in cash and checks in his cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute in South Carolina, James Brown is moved to a cell with tighter security.
1990: Singer Vicki Carr helps dedicate the Nixon Presidential Library, singing in front of all four living presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), all of which she had performed for at the White House during their terms.
1995: The (in?)famous "Dr. Nick," Elvis Presley's personal physician Dr. George Nichopoulous, is barred from practicing medicine by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners due to alleged "overprescription" to his patients. Nichopoulous claims the move is revenge for what many see as his culpability in the accidental death of Elvis in 1977.
2002: Philadelphia declares today Solomon Burke Day in honor of the native singer.
2002: Movin' Out, a stage musical dedicated to the songs of Biily Joel, premieres in Chicago.
2004: James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes, famous for their 1967 garage-psych hit "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," sue their former label and publishing company for over one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
Releases1954: Elvis Presley, "That's All Right" b/w "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"
1965: The Beatles, "Help!" b/w "I'm Down"
1969: The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women"
1975: Orleans, "Dance With Me"
Recording1939: Jack Teagarden, "Aunt Hagar’s Blues"
1949: Harry Belafonte, "They Didn’t Believe Me," "Close Your Eyes"
1966: The Monkees, "(Theme From) The Monkees"
1966: Johnny Rivers, "Poor Side Of Town"
1968: The Beatles, "Sexy Sadie"
Charts1975: Paul McCartney and Wings' "Listen To What The Man Said" hits #1
1976: The Manhattans' "Kiss And Say Goodbye" hits #1