Today In Oldies Music History: November 15--
1928: C.W. McCall
1929: Joe Hinton
1932: Petula Clark
1932: Clyde McPhatter
1937: Little Willie John
1941: Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span)
1945: Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA)
1946: Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters)
1949: Steve Fossen (Heart)
1954: Tony Thompson (Chic)
Deaths1991: Jacques Morali
Events1926: The first network radio broadcast, four-and-a-half hours of varied performances from New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel and other remotes around the country, airs on the new National Broadcasting Company (soon to be known as NBC).
1954: CBS-TV's Studio One variety show presents Joan Weber singing "Let Me Go, Lover" a performance that would soon send the song rocketing up the charts.
1956: Elvis Presley's first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at New York's Paramount Theater. The King's popularity has grown so exponentially large during the filming on the movie that his part -- originally almost a cameo -- is expanded to fit his stardom. Indeed, when his character is killed at the end of the movie, test audiences are so distraught that Elvis re-appears at the end of the movie to reprise the title song. A fifty-foot cardboard cutout of the singer is posted outside the theater to emphasize his new importance to the project, and the movie -- which recieves lukewarm reviews from critics who nonetheless appreciate the singer's performance -- rakes in a very respectable four million dollars in just two months.
1959: Three ex-members of the Quarrymen -- later to become known as the Beatles' John, Paul, and George -- audition for a British talent program called TV Star Search at the Hippodrome Theatre in Lancashire, appearing as "Johnny and the Moondogs" and performing two Buddy Holly songs: "Think It Over" and "It's So Easy." Unfortunately, the trio is forced to return to Liverpool the same night, having no money to rent a hotel room, and therefore missing out on the next round of auditions.
1964: While on tour, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones is admitted to Chicago's Passavant Hospital for pneumonia, having reached a temperature of 105. He will miss the last four dates of the Stones' US tour.
1965: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on NBC-TV's rock variety show Hullabaloo, performing their hit "Get Off Of My Cloud."
1968: Janis Joplin performs her last gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company at New York's Hunter College.
1969: During tonight's Janis Joplin concert in Tampa, FL, a policemen tries to use a bullhorn to control a crowd that had left its seats and begun to move around, prompting Joplin to object: "Don't ---- with those people! Hey, mister, what're you so uptight about? Did you buy a $5 ticket?" The cop responds by telling the singer to inform her crowd that they need to be seated, she replies, "I'm not telling them s---." Janis left the stage after the concert, calling the cop a "son of a b----" and threatening to kick his face in, leading her to be arrested in her dressing room on a charge of publicly using "vulgar and indecent language." After posting a $504 bail, the charges are later dropped.
1969: Hamburg, Germany's famous rock and roll venue, the Star Club, announces it will permanently close its doors at the end of the month.
1969: The Beatles' last photographic session produces today's cover of Rolling Stone. On the same day, obsessive fans looking for "Paul Is Dead" clues on album covers and in songs push two previous Beatles albums, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, back onto the Billboard album charts.
1971: The "spaghetti Western" Blindman, featuring Ringo Starr as the brother of a notorious bandit, debuts in Rome, to predictably terrible reviews.
1972: Harry Chapin becomes the proud father of his first child, Joshua Burke, in New York City, an event that would eventually inspire him to put his wife's poem, "Cat's In The Cradle," to music.
1979: NBC airs The Bee Gees Special, their first, starring Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, and little brother Andy Gibb.
1992: The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian all guest star on tonight's "Rock Of Ages" episode of FOX's Married With Children.
2000: Michael Abram, the Liverpool native who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him in an incident earlier in the year, is found not guilty by reason of insanity at Oxford Crown Court. Abram is ordered confined to a mental hospital for an indefinite period of time.
2007: Glasgow, Scotland native Kenneth Donnell pays 83,000 pounds (approximately $122,000 US dollars) for two tickets for Led Zeppelin's one-off reunion at London's O2 Arena. The purchase, which includes attending the band rehearsal, was the result of an auction for a children's charity.
Releases1969: The Carpenters, Offering
1971: Grand Funk Railroad, E Pluribus Funk
1974: Faces, "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)"
Recording1956: Buddy Holly: "Rock Around With Ollie Vee," "Modern Don Juan," "You Are My One Desire"
1966: Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody To Love"