Today In Oldies Music History: October 10--
Births1908: Johnny Green
1914: Ivory Joe Hunter
1917: Thelonious Monk
1923: Louis Gottlieb
1943: Denis D'Ell (The Honeycombs)
1945: Alan Cartwright (Procol Harum)
1945: Jerry Lacroix (Blood Sweat and Tears, Edgar Winter's White Trash)
1946: John Prine
1946: Ben Vereen
1948: Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers)
1958: Tanya Tucker
Deaths2007: Art Todd
Events1902: Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
1959: Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool's Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the "Beatals."
1959: Brenda Lee is diagnosed with thyroid deficiency -- the first of many neck problems for the full-throated singer -- and admitted to a Nashville hospital.
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1970: The US' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head, Nicholas Johnson, responds to recent comments made by Vice President Spiro Agnew that attacked radio stations for playing songs that contained "drug culture propaganda... (in) too many of the lyrics the message of the drug culture is purveyed," saying, "If we really want to do something about drugs, let's do something about life... The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It's about the only leadership we're getting. They're not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President."
1978: At tonight's Aerosmith show in Philadelphia, PA, an audience member tosses a "cherry bomb" firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. Thereafter, the band performs behind a chain-link fence.
1979: Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declares today "Fleetwood Mac Day" and unveils a star for the band on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.
1979: The film The Rose, a thinly-veiled biopic of Janis Joplin starring Bette Midler, premieres in Hollywood.
1997: Jimmy Osmond becomes the proud father of his second child, Zachary James, who becomes the 50th member of the Osmond clan.
1999: Las Vegas' Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars' worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
2001: Dennis DeYoung sues Styx, his former band, for touring and singing his songs without him. He'd left the band in 1999 due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Releases1959: The Miracles, "Bad Girls"
1964: The Shangri-Las, "Leader Of The Pack"
1970: Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother
1970: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "The Tears Of A Clown"
Recording1940: Lanny Ross, "Moonlight And Roses"
1963: Elvis Presley: "Once Is Enough," "Catchin' On Fast," "Anyone," "Smokey Mountain Boy," "There's Gold In The Mountains," "One Boy, Two Little Girls," "Kissin' Cousins," "Barefoot Ballad," "Tender Feeling"
1968: The Beatles: "Piggies," "Glass Onion," "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
Charts1953: Stan Freberg's "St. George And The Dragonet" hits #1
1956: Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" enters the charts
1960: Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer" hits #1
1970: Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" hits #1