Today In Oldies Music History: November 25--
Births1931: Nat Adderley
1941: Percy Sledge
1943: Roy Lines (Status Quo)
1944: Bev Bevan (Electric Light Orchestra)
1944: Bob Lind
1947: Val Fuentes (It's A Beautiful Day)
Deaths1970: Albert Ayler
1974: Nick Drake
1997: Fenton Robinson
Events1957: Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps make their US television debut, performing "Lotta Loving" and "Dance to the Bop" on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show.
1957: An article in Billboard claims, perhaps presumptively, that the era of the "package tour" is dead, with rock and roll artists feeling they can take a bigger cut from individual "record hops."
1961: The Everly Brothers join the 8th Battalion of the US Marine Corps Reserve, arriving at California's Camp Pendleton.
1965: London's famed department store, Harrods, opens for the Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its stage debut in front of a celebrity-filled audience at London's Bag O'Nails club.
1968: CBS-TV airs the Frank Sinatra special Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, featuring Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension.
1968: Cream play their last concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to a fanatic crowd of over 10,000 who chant "God save the Cream" as the group leaves the stage.
1969: As a protest against Britain's military involvement in foreign conflicts, John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal, with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."
1971: Rolling Stone quotes the surviving members of the Doors as saying they intend to continue on as a trio despite the loss of lead singer Jim Morrison.
1972: Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke announces that he's leaving the group. (It doesn't take.)
1975: Deep in debt, Elvis Presley takes out a $350,000 loan from the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, TN. His Graceland estate is put up as collateral.
1976: The Band and what seems like several dozen of the music industry's biggest stars perform at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom for what is announced as the group's last performance. The show is filmed and will go on to be released as Martin Scorsese's acclaimed biopic The Last Waltz.
1988: Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic, Ringo Starr returns to England with his second wife, actress Barbara Bach.
1997: The original Zombies lineup -- Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums -- reunites onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season" to promote their new box set Zombie Heaven.
2000: An unidentified thief burgles Alice Cooper's home in Paradise Valley, CA, stealing $6,000 of his daughter's clothes and electronics as well as four of Alice's gold records.
Recording1959: Jack Scott, "What In The World's Come Over You"
1966: The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Album
1968: Elvis Presley: "Let's Forget About The Stars," "Charro"
Charts1949: Gene Autry's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" enters the pop charts
1967: The Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints" hits #1