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Today in Oldies Music History: June 14

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Today In Oldies Music History: June 14

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Births

1909: Burl Ives
1910: Nappy Lamare
1936: Obie Benson (The Four Tops)
1941: Jr. Walker (Jr. Walker and the All-Stars)
1945: Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent)
1949: Alan White (Yes)
1952: Jim Lea (Slade)

Deaths

1969: Wynonie Harris
1994: Henry Mancini
1995: Rory Gallagher

Events

1953: Elvis Presley graduates from Humes High School in Memphis, TN.
1957: Ava Gardner divorces Frank Sinatra.
1961: After a performance at the Majestic Theatre in Newcastle, England, Gene Vincent is mobbed by admirers who accidentally push him down a flight of stairs, where he is knocked out.
1961: Patsy Cline is involved in an infamous head-on collision on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville, TN; she is thrown into the windshield by the impact and sustains major head, wrist, and hip injuries. She will be hospitalized for a month, during which time she will become a convert to Christianity.
1961: Elvis Presley's 7th movie, Wild In The Country, premieres in his hometown of Memphis.
1964: Workers at a London railway station open a tea chest addressed to the Beatles and find 12-year-old Carol Dryden, a fan who'd decided to mail herself to the group.
1965: The Beatles record the b-side to the single Help!, a raucous Little Richard-style number called "I'm Down." During the sessions, Paul keeps repeating "plastic soul, man," a reference to a black musician's phrase denigrating Mick Jagger's brand of R&B. The phrase would eventually mutate into the title of their next album, Rubber Soul.
1968: Rod Stewart becomes a star in the US after the Jeff Beck Group, for which he sings lead, opens at New York's Fillmore East. The 23-year-old Stewart is still so new to the stage that he hides behind a stack of speakers during the first song.
1969: In London's Hyde Park, Mick Taylor attends his first photo shoot as a new member of the Rolling Stones.
1970: Derek and the Dominoes step on the stage for the first time under that name as they play the Lyceum in London.
1970: Blood Sweat and Tears become the first Western rock band to perform "behind the iron curtain" in a Soviet country.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad unveil their famous "Closer To Home" billboard in New York, which costs $100,000 and takes a full city block to promote their new single of the same name.
1971: Frank Sinatra announces his retirement from show business, only to return a year and a half later with the legendary comeback album Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back.
1972: Yet another unruly crowd at a Rolling Stones concert, with cops dispensing tear gas into the audience at today's gig in Tucson, AZ.
1972: Actor Warren Beatty organizes his fifth benefit concert for doomed US Presidential candidate George McGovern at Madison Square Garden, featuring, among others, Simon & Garfunkel and Peter Paul & Mary.
1979: Little Feat announce their breakup.
1988: Chuck Berry is sued for five million dollars by a woman who claimed he punched her in the mouth during an argument.
1993: Pepsi's famous "You got the right one, baby!" ads featuring Ray Charles are pulled after medical waste begins showing up in some cans of the product.
1996: George Martin, Beatles producer, is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II; one year later to the day, Gerry and the Pacemakers' Gerry Marsden is awarded the MBE.
2006: Rufus Wainwright, son of folksinger Loudon, recreates the whole of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert at the famous institution in order to mark the show's 35th anniversary.

Releases

1965: The Beatles, Beatles VI
1965: Sonny and Cher, "I Got You Babe"
1975: Janis Ian, "At Seventeen"

Recording

1958: Fats Domino, "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday"
1965: The Beatles: "I've Just Seen A Face," "I'm Down," "Yesterday"
1966: The Beatles, "Here, There And Everywhere,"
1967: The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love"
1967: The Monkees, "Daydream Believer"
1975: Bob Dylan: "Rita Mae," "Joey"

Charts

1975: America's "Sister Golden Hair" hits #1

Certifications

1976: The Beatles' Rock 'N' Roll Music is certified gold
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