Today In Oldies Music History: March 13--
Births1910: Sammy Kaye
1914: Bobby Haggart
1923: Red Garland
1930: Jan Howard
1933: Mike Stoller
1934: Dick Katz
1939: Neil Sedaka
1949: Donny York (Sha Na Na)
Deaths1998: Judge Dread
Events1958: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) launches its Gold Award Program to honor artists with outstanding sales. One million units sold of a single 45 rpm record earned Gold status; in 1976, the Platinum Award was introduced for singles which moved two million units. Today, the single awards are given at the half-million (gold) and million (platinum) level of sales or downloads, with the same award qualifications for album-length releases. The Diamond Award (album sales of over 10 million) was introduced in 1999.
1959: On Friday the 13th, the Kingston Trio are nearly killed when their plane makes an emergency landing on a turkey farm in South Bend, IN.
1962: Following up his recent appearance on The Flintstones, pop idol James Darren guest stars as "Omir" on the episode "The Mechanical Man" of ABC-TV's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
1964: According to Billboard, over 60 percent of all US singles currently sold are Beatles records.
1965: Disgusted with the pop direction taken with their latest single, the Graham Gouldman-penned "For Your Love," Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds, eventually forming Cream with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker of the Graham Bond Organization.
1966: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass make their UK concert debut at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1968: Elvis Presley begins filming his 28th movie, Live A Little, Love A Little (wisely changed from its original title, Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips, which was the book this film was based on). Racier and grittier than most Elvis fare, it features only four songs. One year later to the day, his 29th film, the equally gritty Western Charro! is released, featuring one song only, over the opening credits.
1975: George Jones and Tammy Wynette divorce after six years.
1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street.
Recording1942: Bing Crosby and Mary Martin, "Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie"
1961: Elvis Presley: "Starting Today," "Sentimental Me," "Judy," "Put The Blame On Me"
1962: Ricky Nelson, "Travelin' Man"
1963: The Beatles, "Thank You Girl"
1967: The Beatles, "Good Morning Good Morning"
Charts1954: Jo Stafford's "Make Love To Me!" hits #1
1965: The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" hits #1
1965: Freddie and the Dreamers' "I'm Telling You Now" enters the charts
1971: Brewer and Shipley's "One Toke Over The Line" enters the charts
1976: The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" hits #1
1976: Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hits #1 R&B