Today In Oldies Music History: May 11--
Births1888: Irving Berlin
1931: Dick Garcia
1935: Kit Lambert
1941: Eric Burdon (The Animals)
1943: Arnie Satin (The Dovells)
1943: Les Chadwick (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
1947: Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers)
Deaths1979: Lester Flatt
1981: Bob Marley
1997: Ernie Fields
2003: Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
2004: John Whitehead (McFadden and Whitehead)
2008: John Rutsey (Rush)
Events1957: The Everly Brothers make their stage debut in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets fail an audition to appear on CBS-TV's Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.
1959: Annette Funicello makes her first appearance as Gina Minelli on tonight's "Gina From Italy" episode of CBS-TV's sitcom Make Room For Daddy.
1964: Britain's latest hot group, the Rolling Stones, are nonetheless refused service for lunch at Bristol, England's Grand Hotel because they're not properly attired in jackets and ties. the next day, the Daily Express calls them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarks, "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch."
1965: The Byrds make their television debut, singing their cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" on NBC's musical variety show Hullabaloo.
1967: ABC-TV broadcasts its musical special ABC Stage 67: Rodgers and Hart Today, featuring the songwriting duo's classics being reinterpreted by the likes of Bobby Darin, The Supremes, The Mamas and the Papas, and Petula Clark.
1967: The Bee Gees make their first big splash on UK television. performing their new single, "New York Mining Disaster, 1941," on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1970: Sammy Davis, Jr. marries his third wife, Altovise Gore, a dancer in his current Broadway hit Golden Boy. The Rev. Jesse Jackson presides; the couple would remain married for the rest of Davis' life.
1972: John Lennon makes another celebrated guest appearance on ABC-TV's Dick Cavett Show and casually tells Cavett that he believes the FBI is wiretapping his phone in order to gather evidence for his deportment. As it turns out, he's entirely correct.
1972: David Cassidy, then at the very peak of his career, appears in a controversial nearly-naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1974: Elvis Presley plays a show at the Los Angeles Forum, attended by members of Led Zeppelin who were also in town for a gig. Upon learning of his famous fans, Elvis turns to his backup band after a somewhat sloppy opening number and jokingly admonishes them: "Wait a minute. Let's see if we can start together, fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there. Let's try to look like we know what we’re doing." Afterwards, the band meets Elvis backstage and is more than a little starstruck; Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and Elvis spontaneously swap their expensive watches, and then Robert Plant, just before the meeting breaks up, finally summons up the courage to sing Elvis' 1956 hit "Love Me." Elvis joins in for a few bars.
1975: Cher's new boyfriend, rocker Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, appears as a guest on her CBS-TV show Cher.
1988: On the occasion of his 100th birthday, legendary Tin Pan Alley songwriter Irving Berlin is serenaded by a crowd of fans singing his standards outside his New York apartment. That night, Carnegie Hall presents a program of the composer's hits.
1989: The late Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison's widow.
1990: The late Ritchie Valens is finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.
2003: Jackson Browne is the guest star (as himself) on tonight's "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of Fox-TV's The Simpsons.
2004: Willie Nelson undergoes cancels ten upcoming concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.
Releases1968: Richard Harris, "MacArthur Park"
1970: The Beatles, "The Long And Winding Road"
1970: The Who, Live At Leeds
Recording1967: The Beatles, "Baby You're A Rich Man"
1967: Cream: "Tales Of Brave Ulysses," "Outside Woman Blues"
1973: Stevie Wonder, "Higher Ground"
1979: Bob Dylan: "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking," "Precious Angel," "When You Gonna Wake Up," "I Believe In You," "Slow Train," "Gotta Serve Somebody"
Charts1959: Dave "Baby" Cortez' "The Happy Organ" hits #1
1968: The Monkees' LP The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees enters the charts