Today In Oldies Music History: October 25--
Births1912: Minnie Pearl
1924: Earl Palmer
1926: Jimmy Heath
1937: Jeanne Black
1941: Helen Reddy
1943: Dick Dodd (Standells)
1944: Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band)
1944: Jon Anderson (Yes)
1946: John Hall (Equals)
1950: Chris Norman
Deaths1974: Nick Drake
1991: Margo Sylvia (Tune Weavers)
1991: Bill Graham
1992: Roger Miller
1993: Howie Blauvelt (Ram Jam)
2000: William Martin (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs)
2002: Richard Harris
2004: John Peel
Events1958: Cliff Richard makes his debut on radio, playing live on an episode of BBC's Saturday Club.
1960: A 17-year-old art student named Keith Richards runs into his old schoolmate, an economics student named Mick Jagger, at a train station in London. Richards notices the R&B albums under Jagger's arm, and before long the two form their first group -- Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1962: Cast member Paul Petersen sings his hit single "My Dad" on tonight's episode of ABC's The Donna Reed Show.
1962: The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview, on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying "John is, in fact, the leader of the group."
1964: The Rolling Stones make their US television debut when they appear on CBS's Ed Sullivan Show. After screaming fans practically tear the studio seats apart, Sullivan declares to reporters: "I promise you they'll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this up, I'm not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks. We won't book any more rock 'n' roll groups. Frankly, I didn't see the group until the day before the broadcast. I was shocked when I saw them." The group returns to the program five times.
1968: The New Yardbirds, soon to be known as Led Zeppelin, make their live concert debut at England's Surrey University, described on the poster as the "first big dance of the term."
1973: Rick Nelson appears as a former rock star turned murderous pimp on tonight's "Harem" episode of ABC-TV's Streets Of San Francisco.
1995: Cliff Richard is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, the very first native rock star to receive the honor.
1997: Johnny Cash reaches over to pick up a dropped guitar pick at today's concert in Flint, MI and falls over on stage; apologizing, he reveals to the audience that he is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. The crowd, thinking Cash is joking, laughs at the comment.
2002: An arsonist destroys Aretha Franklin's mansion in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. The criminal is never caught; fortunately, no one is living there at the time.
2006: Forbes.com's sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list reports that Elvis Presley's estate comes in second (beaten out by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain). Also in the top twenty: John Lennon, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Ray Charles, and Bob Marley.
Releases1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland
Recording1943: Benny Carter, "Poinciana"
1955: Smiley Lewis, "One Night Of Sin"
1967: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
Charts1963: Peter, Paul and Mary's LP Peter, Paul and Mary hits #1
1970: Led Zeppelin's LP Led Zeppelin III hits #1
Certifications1968: The Guess Who's "Laughing" is certified gold
1974: The Ohio Players' "Skin Tight" is certified gold