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Today in Oldies Music History: March 1

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Today In Oldies Music History: March 1

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Births

1904: Glenn Miller
1927: Harry Belafonte
1930: Benny Powell
1944: Roger Daltrey (The Who)
1944: Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann)
1946: Tony Ashton (Ashton, Gardner, and Dyke)
1950: Dave Marsh
1957: Jon Carroll (The Starland Vocal Band)

Deaths

2006: Johnny Jackson (Jackson 5)

Events

1941: The world's first commercial FM radio station, Nashville's W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1941: Downbeat Magazine reports that Glenn Miller's recent radio contract with sponsor Chesterfield Cigarettes is worth nearly five thousand dollars per week.
1958: In what would prove to be a major influence on the burgeoning British rock scene, Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin their first and only UK tour at London's Trocadero Club, playing 25 dates of two sets a night.
1958: New Orleans mayor DeLesseps "Chep" Morrison, noting Elvis Presley's arrival in town to begin filming his movie King Creole, officially declares today "Elvis Presley Day" in the city.
1963: Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley's 13th film, Fun In Acapulco.
1966: Upset by the band deciding to use Roger McGuinn as lead vocal on all singles, and also suffering from a fear of flying that made touring difficult, guitarist and vocalist Gene Clark announces his departure from the Byrds.
1966: A hundred Beatles fans stage a sit-in at Liverpool's Cavern Club, the first live home for the group, when it closes its doors due to bankruptcy.
1967: When Eric Burdon and the "New" Animals cancel their Ottawa, Ontario gig at the last minute due to a pay dispute, fans at the Ottawa Coliseum riot.
1968: Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family.
1969: Jim Morrison of the Doors is arrested on stage during a gig in Miami, FL, for allegedly exposing himself to the crowd during the band's show at the Coconut Grove Auditorium. Though no doubt drunk, disinterested, and verbally taunting the audience, according to firsthand accounts, Morrison is generally thought these days to have been innocent of the major charge, sparking talk of a posthumous public vindication by Florida officials. The singer is later tried and sentenced to eight months of hard labor, a sentence his lawyers are still appealing when Morrison dies in 1971.
1970: The Beatles make their last (taped) appearance on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show via clips for their new songs "Let It Be" and "Two Of Us."
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash. Parker also renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973: New York's acclaimed Joffrey Ballet premieres its new work, Deuce Coupe Ballet, a tribute to the music of the Beach Boys. (Really.)
1974: Queen begin their first tour as headliners with a show at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
1975: At tonight's Grammy Awards, the big winners are: Olivia Newton-John (Record of the Year for "I Honestly Love You," Female Pop Vocal), Paul McCartney (Male Pop Vocal for "Band On The Run"), Stevie Wonder (Album of the Year for Fulfillingness' First Finale), and Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" for Song of the Year.
1976: Claudine Longet, singer and ex-wife of Andy Williams, is arrested for shooting her live-in lover, Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, as he attempted to kick her and her children out of his home in Aspen. Errors in obtaining evidence led to no more than a 30-day prison sentence for the singer, who claimed the gun was discharged accidentally.
1977: After years of estrangement, Bob Dylan's wife, Sara Lowndes -- subject of "Lay Lady Lay" and "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands," among other songs -- files for divorce in Santa Monica, CA.
1981: NBC-TV airs Elvis and the Beauty Queen, the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda Thompson, featuring future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
1985: Ford licenses the Beatles' "Help!" for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group's songs in a TV ad.
1991: Director Oliver Stone's biopic The Doors, starring Val Kilmer, opens in Los Angeles.
1994: Aretha Franklin is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Frank Sinatra is given the annual Living Legends Award at tonight's Grammys in New York.
1994: Tony Bennett's Unplugged wins Album of the Year at tonight's Grammy Awards.
2004: Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time, bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Releases

1957: Chuck Berry, "School Days"
1958: Johnny Mathis, Johnny's Greatest Hits
1966: Elvis Presley, "Frankie And Johnny" b/w "Please Don't Stop Loving Me"

Recording

1928: Paul Whiteman/Paul Robeson, "Ol' Man River"
1955: The Four Lads, "Standing On The Corner"
1957: The Everly Brothers, "Bye Bye Love"
1964: The Beatles: "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You," "Long Tall Sally," "I Call Your Name"
1967: The Beatles: "A Day In The Life," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"

Charts

1967: The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard" enters the charts
1975: The Eagles' "Best Of My Love" hits #1
1975: Bob Dylan's LP Blood On The Tracks hits #1

Certifications

1965: Petula Clark's "Downtown" is certified gold
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" is certified gold
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