Today In Oldies Music History: March 29--
Births1918: Pearl Bailey
1942: Eden Kane
1943: Chad Allan (The Guess Who)
1944: Terry Jacks
1945: Speedy Keen (Thunderclap Newman)
1947: Bobby Kimball (Toto)
1949: Michael Brecker (The Brecker Brothers)
1985: The Singing Nun
Events1958: New Army recruit Elvis Presley arrives for boot camp at Ft. Hood, TX. He is stationed there for six months, and insists on performing KP and guard duty like any other soldier. With a bank account larger than most soldiers, he is able to afford his own housing. His family arrives and moves into an off-base trailer.
1966: During a show in Marseilles, France, a rabid Rolling Stones fan throws a chair at singer Mick Jagger, opening a gash in his forehead that would require eight stitches to close. That same night in Cheshire, England, fans mobbing the Walker Brothers outside their hotel caused concussions in two of the band members.
1968: Glen Campbell becomes a television star overnight when the Smothers Brothers, on whose show he had been a featured regular, give him his own Summer replacement show on CBS-TV.
1970: Tonight's Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV features performances by Bobbie Gentry and Gladys Knight and the Pips, broadcast live from VA hospitals caring for Vietnam wounded.
1972: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page travel to Bombay (Mumbai) India to record versions of the band's songs "Friends" and "Four Sticks" with the city's symphony orchestra. Musical and cultural barriers prevent the experiment from being a success, but the duo would return two decades later triumphant, recording those songs and many more for the MTV special Unledded.
1973: In a move that was destined to happen, the group Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show get their picture (an illustration) on the cover of Rolling Stone after their recent novelty hit, in which they daydreamed about doing just that. The cover puckishly refers to the group as "What's-Their-Names," but the band does indeed "buy five copies for (their) mother(s)."
1975: This week's Billboard shows Led Zeppelin with all six of their studio albums currently present on the "Billboard 200" album chart, including a Number One with their latest, Physical Graffiti.
1978: Tina Turner is officially divorced from husband Ike.
1980: A Chicago antiques dealer named Ronald Selle sues the Bee Gees, claiming that their 1978 hit "How Deep Is Your Love" borrows heavily from his own composition "Let It End." Although the Bee Gees deny the charge and claim to have never heard the track, a court would rule in Selle's favor. The group would win an appeal three years later.
1980: Pink Floyd's 1973 album Dark Side Of The Moon marks its 303rd week on the Billboard album charts, passing Carole King's Tapestry for longest stay on the "Billboard 200."
1985: Michael Jackson is honored with a wax statue at London's famous Madame Tussaud's museum.
1986: The Beatles' records are officially licensed for sale in the Soviet Union.
1996: Phil Spector's former bandmates in the Teddy Bears, Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb, sue the producer to collect royalties they claim are still owed from the group's 1958 smash "To Know Him Is To Love Him."
2001: A three-hour musical tribute is held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall in honor of the Beach Boys' guiding genius Brian Wilson, with vocal tributes in the form of covers by Paul Simon ("Surfer Girl"), Elton John ("God Only Knows"), and Billy Joel ("Don't Worry Baby"), as well as Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the Go-Go's, Carly Simon, David Crosby, Wilson Phillips, Aimee Mann, and songwriter Jimmy Webb. Wilson himself performs "Barbara Ann," "Fun, Fun, Fun," and "Surfin' U.S.A."
2005: After experiencing blurred vision at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the month before, Neil Young enters a New York hospital to have a brain aneurysm removed.
2006: Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Recording1967: The Beatles: "Good Morning Good Morning," "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!," "With A Little Help From My Friends"
1972: Elvis Presley: "Always On My Mind," "It's A Matter Of Time"
Charts1969: Blood Sweat & Tears' LP Blood Sweat & Tears hits #1
1975: Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" hits #1