Today In Oldies Music History: October 12--
Births1925: Guitar Gabriel
1935: Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)
1942: Melvin Franklin (The Temptations)
1948: Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Deaths1971: Gene Vincent
1997: John Denver
1999: Frank Frost
2002: Ray Conniff
Events1944: What would come to be known as the "Columbus Day Riot" takes place in New York City, when 35,000 hysterical teenage girls crowd the Paramount Theatre for a chance to see the return of crooner Frank Sinatra. The crowd of teen "bobbysoxer" girls halt traffic in Times Square, refuse to leave between shows to the extent of fainting from hunger, and ruin several seats in the theater when several urinate there rather than take a chance on going to the bathroom.
1955: Chrysler introduces the world's first in-car sound systems -- vinyl record players, complete with an assortment of classical records, mounted under the dashboard.
1956: Massively influential DJ Alan Freed's second film, Don't Knock The Rock, starring Little Richard, Bill Haley, and the Treniers, opens in New York.
1957: After a harrowing plane flight on the way to tonight's gig in Sydney, Australia, during which one of the engines catches fire, Little Richard rejects rock and roll for the first time on stage. He tells tonight's crowd, "If you want to live for the Lord, you can't take rock 'n' roll, too. God doesn't like it." After his saxophone player, Clifford Burks, doubts his conviction to the conversion, Richard proves it by tossing his four diamond rings into the nearest river.
1962: The Beatles meet Little Richard for the first time when they open for him at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England. Though Richard apparently finds John and George "rude," he is quite taken with Paul, reportedly to the point of attempting to seduce him. On the same day, the band's first single, "Love Me Do," enters the British charts.
1966: The Moody Blues, still in their first incarnation as a white R&B band, split up.
1966: Sammy Davis Jr. appears as a guest star on today's "The Clock King's Crazy Crimes" episode of ABC-TV's Batman series.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first headlining gig, opening at Paris' Olympia Theatre.
1969: Tom Zarski, a student at Eastern Michigan University, calls WKNR in Detroit, MI, and informs DJ Russ Gibb on air of the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash, perhaps as long ago as 1966. Zarski tells Gibb that by playing a section of the band's "Revolution 9" backwards, a clue emerges: the phrase "Turn me on, dead man." Gibb proceeds to do just that. Listeners are stunned.
1970: The musical Jesus Christ Superstar, already a huge stage hit in the UK and on LP, opens on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.
1972: The movie Lady Sings The Blues, a musical biopic of singer Billie Holiday that launches the movie career of star Diana Ross, opens in New York.
1974: "Rollermania" begins in earnest at the Bay City Rollers' debut album, Rollin', hits #1 in the UK.
1975: Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
1979: Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn, situated on a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band's Madison Square Garden concert.
1980: Eight audience members are stabbed by a fellow concertgoer at a Blood Sweat and Tears show in Los Angeles.
1994: MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled Unledded.
1996: Though they've refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, the Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus.
2002: The new Elvis Presley compilation 30 No. 1 Hits debuts at #1 on the US album charts, the first Presley album ever to do so.
2003: For the first time since his notorious rendition at a Detroit baseball game in 1970, singer Jose Feliciano is invited to sing the US national anthem, performing it at a Florida Marlins playoff game with no incident.
2005: A 1974 Rolls Royce that belonged to late Queen singer Freddie Mercury is auctioned off on eBay.
Recording1965: The Beatles: "Run For Your Life," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
1968: The Beatles, "Savoy Truffle"
Charts1963: Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs' "Sugar Shack" hits #1
1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP Cheap Thrills hits #1
1974: Olivia Newton-John's LP If You Love Me, Let Me Know hits #1