Today In Oldies Music History: November 9--
Births1905: Tommy Dorsey
1936: Mary Travers (Peter, Paul and Mary)
1937: Roger McGough (The Scaffold)
1941: Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1943: Lee Graziano (The American Breed)
1944: Phil May (The Pretty Things)
1948: Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon)
1948: Benny Mardones
1948: Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult)
Deaths1966: Paul McCartney (not really)
1991: Yves Montand
1955: The Everly Brothers, recently signed to Columbia as a country act, cut their first tracks in a studio lodged in Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel. The four recordings, which take only 22 minutes to lay down, yield no hits, and the duo is soon dropped from the label.
1956: Buddy Holly begins his first solo tour, opening for country singers George Jones and Hank Locklin.
1958: Elvis Presley's massive hit "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel" becomes only the third record in history to sell more than three million copies, following two seasonal favorites: Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."
1959: Sam Cooke is guaranteed $100,000 by RCA if he chooses to leave his current home, Keen Records.
1960: Elvis Presley begins filming his seventh movie, Wild In The Country.
1961: Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein visits the local Cavern Club to check out the lunchtime show by a band he's heard a lot about... the Beatles. After weeks of soul-searching, he would become their manager.
1963: The Beatles' new single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand," becomes the first-ever UK single to receive advance orders of one million copies.
1965: New York City is hit with its infamous total electrical blackout, causing Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, and the Band's Robbie Robertson to huddle in their room at the Hilton, lighting candles.
1966: John Lennon visits London's Indica Gallery to see the exhibit Unfinished Paintings and Objects and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, "Breathe," and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery's owner to beg her to reconsider due to John's fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of the Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he'll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love.
1966: After storming out of a band argument, Paul McCartney is killed in a car crash caused by a slick road (and an unhinged fan or meter maid named Rita who Paul picks up hitchhiking). Not noticing that the lights had changed, Paul is hit by another car, but burns to death inside his own car while a crowd of onlookers, helpless, watches him die. His face is obliterated and his teeth knocked out in the crash and fire, making identification impossible. (Not really.)
1967: In a battle of egos, the Byrds' Roger McGuinn boots David Crosby from the group, leaving Crosby to form CSNY instead.
1967: The first issue of the rock periodical Rolling Stone hits the shelves in San Francisco, CA, with a cover featuring John Lennon, in a still from his upcoming movie How I Won The War, and a free roach clip with every issue.
1968: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant marries his first wife. Maureen, in London, then holds the wedding reception at the local club the Roundhouse, where the group plays its first London gig.
1971: Carly Simon attends James Taylor's concert at Carnegie Hall and the two fall madly in love.
1990: The IRS seizes Willie Nelson's bank accounts and real estate holdings to pay off $16 million in back taxes.
1996: For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" to the Bank of Montreal.
1998: Michael Jackson successfully settles his lawsuit with London's Daily Mirror newspaper, which had claimed his face was disfigured by endless cosmetic surgery. Jackson claimed the photos had been doctored.
1998: Rick James bangs his head back and forth during a performance in Denver, CO, causing a blood vessel in his neck to rupture and bringing on a minor stroke.
1999: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the century's big winners, sales-wise: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), with Garth Brooks and Barbra Streisand the most successful male and female solo artists. Elvis Presley leads the pack on gold and platinum certifications with 77 (singles) and 80 (albums), while Elton John's "Candle In The Wind '97" (rewritten as a tribute to the recently-deceased Princess Diana) is the best-selling single of the century. The best-selling album, suprisingly, is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975, which has just overtaken Michael Jackson's Thriller.
2006: The Rolling Stones' "Bigger Bang" tour is reported to have taken in $230 million in just ten months, with the group playing to nearly two million people total.
2007: Ex-Mindbender Wayne Fontana is found guilty of arson after setting a police car on fire, then showing up to court dressed as Lady Justice. He is given 11 months sentence, but released after having already spent that time in a mental hospital since the incident.
Releases1962: The Miracles, "You've Really Got A Hold On Me"
1963: The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie"
1964: Elvis Presley, "Blue Christmas" b/w "Wooden Heart"
1971: Elvis Presley, "Merry Christmas, Baby"
1973: Billy Joel, Piano Man
Recording1955: Harry Belafonte: "Jamaica Farewell," "Come Back Liza"
1960: Dee Clark, "Your Friends"
1969: Simon and Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
1973: Bob Dylan, "Wedding Song"
Charts1959: Johnny Mathis' LP Heavenly hits #1
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" hits #1
1974: Carole King's LP Wrap Around Joy hits #1
Certifications1976: Frank Zappa's LP Overnite Sensation is certified gold
1976: Fleetwood Mac's LP Mystery To Me is certified gold
1977: Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" is certified gold