Today In Oldies Music History: November 21--
Births1904: Coleman Hawkins
1907: Buck Ram
1933: Jean Shepard
1940: Dr. John
1941: David Porter
1942: Andrew Love (The Memphis Horns)
1948: Lonnie Jordan (War)
1949: Randy Zehringer
1950: Livingston Taylor
1952: Lorna Luft
Deaths1965: Bill Black
1973: Allan Sherman
1999: Alvin Cash
2002: Hadda Brooks
2003: Teddy Randazzo
2007: Bob Relf (Bob and Earl)
Events1877: Thomas A. Edison unveils his new "talking machine," later dubbed the phonograph, to a gathering of friends and colleagues.
1934: The Cole Porter musical Anything Goes opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre.
1944: The Mutual radio network broadcasts the first episode of The Roy Rogers Show, also featuring the Whippoorwills and The Sons Of The Pioneers.
1960: The Beatles' George Harrison, then just seventeen, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group had been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club's owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George's age; the Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.
1960: Ray Charles has four singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart today: "Georgia on My Mind" at #5, "Ruby" at #51, "Hard Hearted Hannah" at #66, and "Come Rain Or Come Shine" at #95.
1962: Elvis Presley's 11th film, Girls! Girls! Girls!, opens in US theaters.
1968: With girlfriend Yoko Ono about to miscarry their first son, John Ono Lennon II, John Lennon asks for a tape recorder to be brought to the hospital so that he can record the baby's dying heartbeat. Later that day, Yoko miscarries; the baby is buried in a secret location and the recording appears on the duo's album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions as a track called "Baby's Heartbeat," followed by "Two Minutes Silence" for his death.
1974: Wilson Pickett is arrested in New York for illegal possession of a firearm after pulling a gun on someone during an argument.
1974: After years of estrangement, Marty Balin is convinced to reunite with the Jefferson Airplane -- now named Jefferson Starship -- onstage at the Winterland ballroom in San Francisco, paving the way for his official reinvolvement with the band on Red Octopus.
1975: Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in conjunction with an "Elton John Week" being declared in Los Angeles.
1980: The Eagles' Don Henley is arrested in Los Angeles and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor when paramedics are called to his home to save a sixteen-year-old girl overdosing on cocaine and Quaaludes. He is fined $2,000 and given two years' probation.
1982: Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at manager Elliot Roberts' home in Malibu, CA.
1990: After a decade-long relationship, Mick Jagger marries model/actress Jerry Hall in a six-hour ceremony on the island of Bali. Eight years later, almost to the day, their marriage would be annulled after a judge rules the couple were never registered with authorities (and after Hall learns that Jagger is the father of someone else's child).
1991: Aerosmith guest stars on tonight's "Flaming Moe" episode of Fox-TV's The Simpsons.
2001: Jonathan King (of "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" fame) is sentenced to seven years in prison for a series of sexual assaults on teenage boys between 1982 and 1987.
2003: The acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play is sold at a London auction for 276,000 pounds. The original price of the guitar: three and one-half pounds.
2003: The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector's chauffeur heard him say, "I think I killed somebody," after the shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, CA home.
Releases1967: The Who, The Who Sell Out
Recording1944: Harry James, "I’m Beginning To See The Light"
Charts1953: Tony Bennett's "Rags To Riches" hits #1
1960: Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs' "Stay" hits #1
1964: Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" enters the charts
1970: The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" hits #1