Today In Oldies Music History: June 9--
Births1891: Cole Porter
1915: Les Paul
1929: Johnny Ace
1934: Jackie Wilson
1941: Billy Hatton (The Fourmost)
1941: Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
1946: Stuart Edwards (Edison Lighthouse)
1947: Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
1949: Francis Monkman (Curved Air)
1949: George Bunnell (Strawberry Alarm Clock)
1950: Trevor Bolder (Uriah Heep)
1951: Terry Uttley (Smokie)
Deaths1993: Arthur Alexander
Events1958: In hopes of derailing the controversy building over Jerry Lee Lewis' recent marriage to his 14-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Sun Records head Sam Phillips takes out a full-page ad in Billboard so that the Killer can explain his actions.
It doesn't help.
1959: Bobby Darin plays his first Las Vegas gig at the Sahara, opening for comedian George Burns.
1962: Tony Bennett plays his first concert in Carnegie Hall, a move designed by promoter Sid Bernstein to revive the crooner's career. With the subsequent release of the single "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," it does just that.
1963: Andy Williams signs in as the "mystery guest" on CBS-TV's panel game show What's My Line?
1966: Elvis Presley's 21st movie, a retread of Blue Hawaii called Paradise, Hawaiian Style, is given a sneak preview in The King's hometown of Memphis before its official release a few weeks later.
1966: The Beatles debut a "promotional film" of their latest b-side, "Rain," on BBC-TV's Top Of The Pops.
1969: The final nail in the coffin of Moby Grape is driven in when bassist Bob Mosley leaves to become a Marine.
1969: The Rolling Stones invite Mick Taylor, guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, to join the group as a replacement for recently deceased founder Brian Jones.
1970: Princeton University awards Bob Dylan an honorary Doctorate of Music.
1972: Elvis Presley begins the first of an unprecedented four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, his first-ever New York City concert. Two Beatles were in attendance -- George and John -- as well as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Art Garfunkel. Selections from the shows eventually made up the album Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.
1972: John Hammond's latest discovery, Bruce Springsteen, signs with him at Columbia. Bruce immediately begins to put together his famous E Street Band from the sidemen in his various Asbury Park, NJ bar bands.
1977: George Harrison is divorced from Pattie "Layla" Harrison, his wife of eleven years.
1989: The Doobie Brothers reunite to begin their first tour in eight years, and the first reunion tour with their famous 1972-1975 lineup.
1993: The US Postal Service introduces a new series of stamps called "Legends Of American Music," its first to feature rock and R&B stars, featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Ritchie Valens, and Dinah Washington.
1993: The Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It? opens in US theaters.
1997: Carl Perkins enters a Memphis hospital to have surgery on blocked arteries in his neck.
1998: The Ronettes are awarded $12 million in back payments from producer Phil Spector in a case brought to the New York State Supreme Court, claiming the infamous producer had not paid them royalties since their big 1963 hits were issued. Unfortunately, the verdict was overturned on appeal four years later.
2009: The Library of Congress gives 25 records the nod as this year's entrance into the National Recording Registry, including The Who's "My Generation," Link Wray's "Rumble," and the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley."
Recording1964: Bob Dylan, Another Side Of Bob Dylan
1966: The Beatles, "Good Day Sunshine"
1967: The Beatles, "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"
Charts1958: Johnny Mathis' LP Johnny's Greatest Hits hits #1
1958: Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater" hits #1
1979: The Bee Gees' "Love You Inside Out" hits #1
Certifications1971: Paul McCartney's LP Ram is certified gold
1975: Tony Orlando and Dawn's "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" is certified gold