Today In Oldies Music History: May 31--
Births1935: Herb Alpert
1938: Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)
1938: Johnny Paycheck
1940: Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet)
1944: Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople, Bad Company)
1947: Junior Campbell (Marmalade)
1948: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
1952: Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk)
1954: Vicki Sue Robinson
Deaths1996: Elsbeary Hobbs (The Drifters)
2000: Tito Puente
2000: Johnnie Taylor
Events1956: Elvis Presley is the featured guest on Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings' weekly KOSA-TV show in Odessa, TX.
1956: A still-struggling Buddy Holly catches a showing of John Wayne's new movie, The Searchers, at the State Theatre in Lubbock, TX. At two points, the star sarcastically replies "that'll be the day" to another character, giving Buddy the impetus to write his first hit song.
1958: Guitarist Dick Dale performs his new song, "Let's Go Trippin'," at Balboa, California's Rendezvous Ballroom, a moment generally considered the birth of the surf music genre.
1961: Chuck Berry opens Berry Park in Wentzville, Missouri, with a public area featuring a petting zoo, picnic area, miniature golf, Ferris wheel, and swimming pool.
1964: The Dave Clark Five make their first appearance on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing "Glad All Over." Ed likes the clean-cut boys so much he has them on 18 more times over the course of the show's life, more than any other rock band.
1966: Lulu's first movie, To Sir With Love, begins filming in London.
1966: Filming begins on "The Monkees (Here Come The Monkees)," the first filmed episode of the television series The Monkees (though not the first shown).
1967: Big Brother and the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie Petulia.
1968: During his vocal overdub on the Beatles song "Revolution 1," John Lennon begins to shout and scream "all right" and other wordless nonsense vocalizations over the long six-minute jam of the original recording, joined by Yoko Ono (attending her first Beatles session). The screaming and conversation between he and Yoko would become an integral part of the eventual track "Revolution 9."
1969: The Supremes host tonight's episode of ABC-TV's Hollywood Palace, also featuring The Jackson 5 and Sammy Davis Jr.
1973: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham celebrates his 25th birthday with a Robert Plant-led audience singalong of "Happy Birthday" at the band's show in Los Angeles, then by carousing with friend George Harrison afterward. Harrison playfully throws the birthday cake at Bonham, who tosses George into the hotel pool.
1976: The Who secures its place as the World's Loudest Rock Band with a 120-decibel, 76,000-watt blast of a performance at Charlton Athletic Grounds in London. The record would stand for nearly a decade.
1977: The as-yet-unpublished tell-all book from Elvis Presley's bodyguards Sonny and Red West, entitled Elvis: What Happened? begins to leak out a chapter at a time to newspapers in England and Australia.
2005: Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired the Beatles' famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.
2007: Rob Grill, lead singer of the Grass Roots, is arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, FL.
Releases1969: Stevie Wonder, "My Cherie Amour"
1975: The Eagles, "One Of These Nights"
Recording1967: The Beatles, "It's All Too Much"
1968: The Beatles, "Revolution 1"
1969: The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women"
1971: Badfinger, "Day After Day"
Charts1975: Freddy Fender's "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" hits #1
Certifications1974: Gordon Lightfoot's LP Sundown is certified gold
1974: William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Got" is certified gold
1979: Supertramp's Breakfast In America is certified gold