Today In Oldies Music History: November 12--
Births1917: Jo Stafford
1931: Bob Crewe
1936: Charlotte Davis (The Tune Weavers)
1936: Mort Shuman
1939: Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics)
1943: Brian Hyland
1943: John Maus (The Walker Brothers)
1944: Booker T. Jones (Booker T. and the MGs)
1945: Neil Young
1947: Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)
1948: Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate)
1949: Arthur Tavares (Tavares)
1950: Barbara Fairchild
1955: Leslie McKeown (The Bay City Rollers)
Deaths1960: Lord Buckley
Events1931: Abbey Road recording studios open in London's pricey St. John's Wood.
1955: Billboard begins its "Top 100" chart, with the first Number One listed as "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" by the Four Aces. The magazine wouldn't resolve all its pop charts into one until 1959.
1955: Hill Valley, CA native Marty McFly travels back to this date from 1985 to make sure his parents get together; while in 1955, he plays "Johnny B. Goode" at a local sock hop, inspiring Chuck Berry's "new sound." (Not really.)
1957: The rock and roll movie Jamboree premieres in Hollywood, featuring performances from Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, Buddy Knox, and Slim Whitman. Perkins rejects a song called "Great Balls Of Fire" that Jerry Lee has already recorded, and Lewis' version, released along with the film, becomes a hit. Perkins instead opts to sing a song called "Glad All Over" in the film, which goes nowhere.
1965: Marc Bolan, later of T. Rex fame, performs his first single, "The Wizard," on ITV's British television show Ready Steady Go!
1966: Teens on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip protesting a recent curfew are beaten by police, inspiring Stephen Stills to write the Buffalo Springfield hit "For What It's Worth."
1966: The Grateful Dead are the house band at a dance put on by the Hell's Angels biker gang at San Francisco's Sokol Hall.
1968: Jimi Hendrix' third album, Electric Ladyland, causes a controversy in England over the cover, which features the singer/guitarist surrounded by a bevy of naked women. A major British chain refuses to stock it; the American version is released with an alternate cover.
1969: The Supremes and the Temptations' second joint TV special, G.I.T. On Broadway, airs on NBC. (The title stands for "Gettin' It Together"; the show consisted of both groups performing show tunes.)
1979: Kenny Rogers begins filming the CBS-TV movie The Gambler, based on his 1978 smash tune of the same name. It will spawn four sequels.
1979: Jefferson Airplane / Starship singer Marty Balin premieres his new rock opera, Rock Justice, at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco.
1987: Sly Stone arrives one hour late for a major comeback concert in Santa Monica, CA, only to be arrested at the gig for failure to pay child support.
1990: Ron Wood, formerly of the Faces and currently of the Rolling Stones, is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs.
1997: Billy Preston is sentenced to four years in prison in California's Avenal State Prison for cocaine use and fraud when he arranged a fake burglary of his home in 1994. He will serve a year and a half.
1997: Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.
1999: Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England's Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the Eighties; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.
2004: The funeral of longtime (and highly influential) British DJ John Peel is held in Suffolk, England, with attendees including Robert Plant, The White Stripes, and members of Underworld, Pulp, and the Undertones.
2005: Vietnamese authorities visit Gary Glitter's home in Ba Ring Vung Tau and find his live-in companion, a fifteen-year-old girl. The singer, however, has vanished.
Releases1966: Donovan, "Mellow Yellow"
1971: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
Recording1925: Louis Armstrong, "My Heart"
1941: Artie Shaw, "St. James Infirmary"
1964: Shirley Ellis, "The Name Game"
1967: Jerry Lee Lewis, "To Make Love Sweeter For You"
Charts1966: The Monkees' LP The Monkees hits #1
1966: Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side Of Town" hits #1