Today In Oldies Music History: October 15--
Births1906: Victoria Spivey
1913: David Carroll
1925: Mickey Baker (Mickey and Sylvia)
1935: Barry McGuire
1938: Marv Johnson
1942: Chris Andrews
1942: Don Stevenson (Moby Grape)
1943: SSgt. Barry Sadler
1946: Richard Carpenter (The Carpenters)
1951: Frank Dimino (Angel)
1953: Tito Jackson (The Jacksons)
Deaths1964: Cole Porter
1980: Bobby Lester (The Moonglows)
1996: Ralph Middlebrooks (The Ohio Players)
1999: Terry Gilkyson (The Easy Riders)
Events1955: Still part of a duo named Buddy and Bob, Buddy Holly opens for Elvis Presley at today's "Big D Jamboree" concert in Lubbock, TX. A young Mac Davis watches from the audience.
1960: While in Hamburg, The Beatles back Wally Eymond, the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, on his version of George Gershwin's "Summertime." As Beatles drummer Pete Best is absent from the session, the band plays with Rory Storm's drummer, Ringo Starr. This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master is lost to history; two years later, the group would hire Ringo permanently.
1964: British singer Screaming Lord Sutch runs for the English parliament.
1965: Mike Love of the Beach Boys marries his second wife, Suzanne Celeste Belcher, in Las Vegas.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract -- for one dollar plus one percent of his royalties.
1968: The former New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, perform their first gig under that name at England's Surrey University.
1969: Famed blues singer Howlin' Wolf suffers his first non-fatal heart attack.
1971: Rick Nelson (formerly Ricky) is invited to perform at the Seventh Annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show, an oldies concert held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Debuting some of his newer, country-rock material with his Stone Canyon Band, Nelson is booed by the audience; the experience so unnerves the former teen idol that he goes home and pens a song about the experience, puckishly entitled "Garden Party." Ironically, in 1972 it will become his first US Top Ten hit since 1963's "For You."
1973: Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis' Baptist Memorial Hospital, where Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis' personal physician, discovers his patient's addiction to Demerol.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is found guilty in Nice, France, of possessing and intending to distribute both marijuana and heroin. He receives a one-year suspended sentence, is fined 5,000 francs, and is forbidden from entering the country for two years.
1979: ABBA perform their first concert in North America with an appearance in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: For the first time ever, London's legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1991: Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is the proud father of son Shane Cody, his fourth child.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney make a memorable appearance on tonight's "Lisa The Vegetarian" episode of FOX's The Simpsons, doing their voiceovers only on condition that the Lisa character stay a vegetarian forever after.
2000: Dave Edmunds undergoes a triple-bypass heart operation at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
2003: Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith suffers a tragic fall from a ladder at his home in Spain, leaving him without any movement in three limbs. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death in 2008 from pneumonia, a complication of the original injury.
Releases1977: Paul Simon, "Slip Slidin' Away"
Recording1955: Fats Domino, "I'm In Love Again"
1956: Little Richard, "Good Golly Miss Molly"
1958: Jackie Wilson, "Lonely Teardrops"
1959: Jim Reeves, "He'll Have To Go"
1961: Elvis Presley: "For The Millionth And The Last Time," "Good Luck Charm," "Anything That's Part Of You"
1963: The Rip Chords, "Hey Little Cobra"
1966: The Monkees, "I'm A Believer"
Charts1946: Frankie Carle's "Rumors Are Flying" hits #1
1966: The Four Tops' "Reach Out, I'll Be There" hits #1
1977: Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" hits #1