Today In Oldies Music History: June 17--
Births1902: Sammy Fain
1910: Red Foley
1930: Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps)
1939: Dickie Doo (Dickie Doo and the Don'ts)
1942: Norman Kuhlke (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
1943: Barry Manilow
1944: Chris Spedding
1947: Greg Rolie (Santana, Journey)
1947: Eric Lewis (Middle of the Road)
Deaths1986: Kate Smith
1999: Screaming Lord Sutch
Events1943: After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records.
1954: The UK music newspaper Record Mirror goes to press for the first time.
1955: Eddie Fisher marries Debbie Reynolds in Hollywood. The couple would divorce in 1959 after Fisher was discovered to be carrying on an affair with Liz Taylor.
1964: Elvis Presley's 15th movie, Viva Las Vegas, co-starring Ann-Margret, opens nationwide in the US.
1965: The Moody Blues and the Kinks each make their US stage debut, with one opening for the other at New York's Academy of Music.
1966: Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
1966: Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad "Mull Of Kintyre."
1967: Barbra Streisand sings for 135,000 fans at her concert in New York's Central Park, later released as the CBS-TV special and soundtrack album A Happening In Central Park.
1972: Ron McKernan, the keyboardist known to Grateful Dead fans simply as Pigpen, plays what is to be his last gig with the group, performing at the Hollywood Bowl before drinking himself to death less than a year later.
1978: Grace Slick is deemed too drunk to go onstage with Jefferson Starship tonight at their concert in St. Goarhausen in West Germany, but does so anyway, singing horribly and verbally abusing the audience with Nazi taunts. The crowd riots, causing over a million dollars in damage and leading Slick to quit the band, not returning until 1983.
1980: Led Zeppelin begin what would be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.
1985: The famously reclusive Bob Dylan opens up on the syndicated radio show Rockline, taking calls from fans.
1987: Rod Stewart becomes the proud parent of his fourth child, daughter Ruby, from his girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.
1989: Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.
2006: Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but will recover in time to join the band on its latest world tour in a month.
2006: Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.
Releases1967: The Hollies, "Carrie Anne"
1967: Moby Grape: "Changes," "Sitting By The Window," "8:05," "Omaha," "Hey Grandma"
1969: Elvis Presley, "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard"
1977: Steve Winwood, Steve Winwood
Recording1964: Jay and the Americans, "Come A Little Bit Closer"
1965: The Beatles: "Act Naturally," "Wait," "Yesterday"
1966: The Beatles: "Here, There And Everywhere," "Got To Get You Into My Life"
1973: Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You"
Charts1972: The Rolling Stones' LP Exile On Main Street hits #1
1978: Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" hits #1