Today In Oldies Music History: October 19--
Births1911: George Cates
1937: Jerry Jaye
1940: Larry Chance (The Earls)
1944: George McCrae
1944: Peter Tosh
1945: Jeannie C. Riley
1945: Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers)
1946: Keith Reid (Procol Harum)
1947: Wilbert Hart (The Delfonics)
1956: Nino DeFranco (The DeFranco Family)
Deaths1986: Moses Asch
1988: Son House
1995: Don Cherry
Events1953: After popular singer and heartthrob Julius LaRosa finishes his version of "Manhattan" on today's CBS radio broadcast of Arthur Godfrey Time, host Godfrey says, "Thanks ever so much, Julie. That was Julie's swan song with us..." effectively firing the young singer on air without his prior knowledge. Godfrey later holds a press conference after the incident becomes a national scandal, claiming that by hiring his own manager, LaRosa had lost his "humility," but several historians claim that Godfrey was actually upset that the singer was beginning to receive more fan mail than the host.
1955: For the first and only time, Elvis Presley and Pat Boone share the bill for a performance at the Circle Theatre in Cleveland, OH.
1961: At a show in Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England, two popular local groups combine on stage to form the Beatmakers, performing Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say?," the pop standard "Red Sails in the Sunset," and Charles' "Hit the Road, Jack." The groups? Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles.
1963: The Greatest Record Show, a package tour of American rock and pop acts, begins at London's Finsbury Park Astoria, featuring Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Trini Lopez and Timi Yuro.
1964: The incredibly influential English concert called the "American Negro Blues Festival" kicks off, featuring Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.
1966: The Yardbirds, now featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar and Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, arrive in New York City to start their first American tour.
1970: Working from a design sketched out by his wife and himself, Elvis Presley orders a dozen 14-karat gold pendants from a Beverly Hills jeweler featuring the letters "TCB" set around a lightning bolt. Designed as totems for the Memphis Mafia (and also for security issues), the symbol stands, in Elvis' words, for "Taking Care of Business in a Flash." They would eventually come to symbolize the '70s era for Presley.
1970: The Australian outlaw film Ned Kelly, featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.
1981: At the Holiday Star Theater in Merriville, IN, Bob Dylan calls up longtime friend Larry Kegan, wheelchair-bound since the age of 15, and lets his perform Chuck Berry's "No Money Down" as tonight's encore.
Releases1967: The Kinks, "Autumn Almanac"
Recording1938: Bob Crosby, "I’m Free"
1958: Brenda Lee, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
1965: The Beatles, The Beatles' Third Christmas Record
1967: Jose Feliciano, "Light My Fire"
1967: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
Charts1974: Billy Preston's "Nothing From Nothing" hits #1
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Not Fragile hits #1