Today In Oldies Music History: November 18--
Births1909: Johnny Mercer
1926: Dorothy Collins
1927: Hank Ballard
1936: Don Cherry
1941: Con Clusky (The Bachelors)
1946: Jackie Ward
1953: John McFee (The Doobie Brothers)
1954: Charles Williams (KC and the Sunshine Band)
Deaths1971: Junior Parker
1972: Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse)
1994: Cab Calloway
1999: Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet)
2003: Michael Kamen
2004: Cy Coleman
Events1952: Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1954: ABC Radio stations ban Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano" due to what it considers "offensive lyrics," more than likely the exaggerated Italian patois and words "goombah" and "gidrool."
1956: Fats Domino sings his hit "Blueberry Hill" on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
1958: Johnny Cash suffers an attack of acute appendicitis while preparing for a show in Ottumwa, IA, and is hospitalized.
1963: Beatles manager Brian Epstein asks the group's fans to please refrain from pelting the group with "jellybabies" (jellybeans) at their concerts. (The Beatles had made the mistake of remarking how much they liked them.) On the same day, the newspapers reveal that the head of the Church of England has requested that the group write a Christmas song.
1964: The NBC-TV variety show Shindig! features the Supremes (who sing "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me") and the Righteous Brothers (who perform "Little Latin Lupe Lu").
1964: Beatles press officer Brian Sommerville informs Paul Nathan, an associate of Elvis Presley film producer Hal Wallis, that the group are huge fans of the King and would love to appear at the end of Elvis' next Paramount picture (which would turn out to be 1966's Paradise, Hawaiian Style). The deal is never finalized.
1968: The Bee Gees cancel a concert in Germany after Barry and Robin contract tonsillitis.
1968: Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, George Grantham, and Rusty Young, folk-rock vets of the Los Angeles scene, debut at the Troubadour under the name Pogo, in honor of Walt Kelly's famous comic strip character. When Kelly files suit later, however, the group is forced to change to the similar-sounding Poco. The members would later go on to even greater success as members of The Eagles, Loggins and Messina, and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.
1970: Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown in Memphis after 14 years of marriage.
1970: Elvis Presley meets actor Paul Frees in Los Angeles and notices Frees' BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge. Elvis becomes determined to acquire one for himself.
1972: Bill Withers sings his recent hits "Lean On Me" and "Use Me" on the syndicated dance show Soul Train.
1975: Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen are guest stars on tonight's "Glitter With A Bullet" episode of NBC-TV's Police Woman.
1975: Bruce Springsteen performs his first UK concert, at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Unfortunately, it was a subpar show, due to his disgust at the hype surrounding his new celebrity: upon seeing official show posters in the lobby declaring "Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen," he rips them down.
1979: Chuck Berry is released from California's Lompoc Prison farm after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1990: Paul McCartney's birth certificate is auctioned off for $18,000.
1994: The Rolling Stones become the first rock act to stream a live concert on the Internet, broadcasting twenty minutes of a show from Dallas, TX.
1997: John Denver's last recordings are released as The Unplugged Collection, a selection of stripped-down acoustic performances of his hits.
1997: In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star's computer found it loaded with child pornography.
1998: Mick Jagger and model/actress Jerry Hall separate eight years to the day after their marriage in Bali when Brazilian model Luciana Morad names Jagger as the father of her unborn child.
2002: Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease and desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. Needless to say, no lawsuit is ever filed.
2003: Apple releases The Beatles' "de-Spectorized" version of their classic Let It Be album, entitled Let It Be... Naked.
2003: The original handwritten John Lennon lyrics to the Beatles' "Nowhere Man" are auctioned at Christie's of New York for $300,000.
2003: Acting on the sexual abuse allegations of a 12-year-old boy who had visited the home, approximately 70 members of California's Santa Barbara County sheriff's and district attorney's offices raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The singer is in Vegas filming a video at the time.
2005: The acclaimed Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line opens in US theaters.
Recording1957: Ricky Nelson: "Stood Up," "Waitin' In School"
1968: The Spiral Starecase, "More Today Than Yesterday"
Charts1950: Sammy Kaye's "Harbor Lights" hits #1
1972: Steely Dan's "Do It Again" enters the pop charts
1972: Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" enters the pop charts
1972: Cat Stevens' Catch Bull at Four album hits #1
1978: Billy Joel's 52nd Street album hits #1
Certifications1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland album is certified gold
1968: Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind" are certified gold
1975: John Denver's "I'm Sorry" is certified gold