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GREG LAKE OF EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER DEAD AT 69

One of prog’s most legendary and beloved musicians, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer‘s bassist/guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Greg Lake has died at age 69 following a long bout with cancer, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Lake first made his bones along with good friend Robert Fripp in the first lineup of King Crimson and opened for the Rolling Stones at their July 5th, 1969 Hyde Park concert. Lake quickly teamed up with Keith Emerson from the Nice and Carl Palmer from Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, the trio snagged a deal; with Atlantic Records and helped define the sound of the 1970’s.

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TODAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1955:
Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, AK, and introduces his new song, “Heartbreak Hotel,” by claiming “It’s gonna be my first hit.”
1962:
Bobby Darin appears as the “mystery guest” on CBS’ What’s My Line show.
1967:
The Doors’ Jim Morrison is arrested at a New Haven, CT show for “breach of the peace” and a resultant “resisting arrest” charge. The singer had been mistaken for a fan backstage by a security guard, and in the resulting altercation, he was maced. Morrison went on about the incident onstage during a performance of “Back Door Man” and was arrested.
1968:
NBC airs the joint Supremes and Temptations television TCB (Takin’ Care Of Business).

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 8 2016

TODAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1960: Teen idol Fabian visits Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Elvis rips his pants demonstrating his new passion, karate, and Fabian lends him his pair.
1962: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City and testifies to receiving money from labels to play their records on the air. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done.
1963: Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, NV, and freed three days later after his famous father pays the $240,000 ransom. The three men responsible are eventually caught and incarcerated.

1969: In a Toronto, Canada courtroom, Jimi Hendrix testifies in his trial for posession of hashish and heroin. Claiming to have “outgrown” drugs, the guitarist gives a very detailed history of his drug use. After eight hours, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty.

1975: The benefit concert “A Night of the Hurricane” is held at Madison Square Garden. The last date on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the show features many non-musical celebrities and raises over $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer “Hurricane” Carter and his alleged accomplice. Carter himself calls the stage from jail.

1976: The Carpenters’ Very First Special, featuring guest star John Denver, airs on ABC.

1980: At 11:07 PM EST, former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in New York by a deranged fan just outside the Dakota Hotel, New York City. Lennon is shot in his chest, back and left arm and is pronounced dead thirty minutes later. Earlier that day, the killer had met Lennon outside the Dakota and had him sign a copy of his latest album, Double Fantasy.

1995: Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.

1998: The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne suffers several fractures in his upper body in an ATV accident.

Releases

1961: The Beach Boys, “Surfin'”
1967: The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour (UK EP)
1967: Traffic, Mr. Fantasy

Recording

1941: Ray Eberle and The Modernaires with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, “Moonlight Cocktail”
1960: Henry Mancini, “Moon River”
1966: The Beatles: “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “When I’m Sixty-Four”
1969: The Beatles, “Octopus’s Garden”

Certifications

1972: Carly Simon’s No Secrets album is certified gold

Charts

1954: The Drifters’ “White Christmas” enters the R&B charts
1956: Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues” hits #1
1979: Styx’s “Babe” hits #1

OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 7 2016

THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1956:
Britain’s Tommy Steele makes his concert debut at Finsbury Park, Astoria, London. Reviews proclaim him “Britain’s answer to Elvis.”
1963:
The Beatles appear as panelists on the BBC show Juke Box Jury to rate records. Elvis’ new single, “Kiss Me Quick,” is declared a “hit.”
1964:
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson suffers a nervous breakdown while on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. He would stop touring with the group soon after.
1966:
Nancy Sinatra guest-stars on the CBS TV special Frank Sinatra: A Man & His Music, Part II.
1967:
In Britain’s New Musical Express magazine, the Hollies’ recently-departed Graham Nash announces the formation of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
1967:
The Beatles’ Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London.
1968:
The Animals’ lead singer, Eric Burdon, announces that the group will officially disband after a December 22 concert at Newcastle City Hall. Eric would pursue an ill-fated acting career in California.
1973:
Fleetwood Mac’s then-manager, Clifford Davis, claims ownership of the band’s name and assembles a fake version of the group for a national tour.
1984:
In a $5 million plagiarism suit brought against him in Chicago, IL, Michael Jackson testifies that he did not steal his hit “The Girl Is Mine” from an Illinois man. He eventually wins the case.
1987:
Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins (among others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday. That same day, Chapin recieved a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor (#111) for his work in fighting hunger.
1974:
Linda Ronstadt, “You’re No Good”
Certifications
1957:
Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” hits #1
1963:
The Singing Nun’s “Dominique” hits #1
1974:
Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting” hits #1

MISSING OLDIES NEWS REPORTS

Sorry folks, I have been busy over the last couple weeks and have not got the reports posted. Here are the missing ones. Just click on the links to listen or right click the links to save. Thanks for your patience.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 6 2016

THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1948: The CBS television show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts debuts.
1957: Elvis visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.
1964: The Gerry and the Pacemakers movie “Ferry Cross The Mersey” debuts at the New Victoria Cinema in London.
1968: President Richard Nixon sends out 66,000 signed letters to potential administrative office holders, including Elvis Presley.
1969: Cab Calloway stars in NBC’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation of The Littlest Angel.
1969: The infamous rock concert known as Altamont, featuring Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the Rolling Stones, takes place at the speedway of the same name in Altamont, CA. Headliners the Rolling Stones, who organized the show as a free “thank you” concert, hire Hell’s Angels instead of cops for security, resulting in the deaths of four people in the crowd of 300,000 (including Meredith Hunter, stabbed to death by the Angels).
1970: The Rolling Stones tour documentary Gimme Shelter, featuring footage of the infamous Altamont concert, opens in New York City.
1980: John Lennon mixes Yoko Ono’s “Walking On Thin Ice.” It is the last time he would be in a studio.
1986: Ringo becomes the first Beatle to use his name in an advertisement, for Sun Country wine cooler.
1993: At a video shoot for Travis Tritt’s remake of the Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” the Eagles themselves reunite and decide to reform for new songs and a tour.
1995: Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theater during a rehearsal for an upcoming TV special and is hospitalized.

Releases

1957: The Diamonds, “The Stroll”
1963: The Beatles, The First Christmas Record
1965: The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out” b/w “Day Tripper”
1965: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (US)
1965: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “Going to a Go-Go”

Recording

1944: The Count Basie Orchestra, “Red Bank Boogie”
1965: The Rolling Stones: “19th Nervous Breakdown,” “Mother’s Little Helper”
1966: The Beatles, “When I’m Sixty-Four”

Certifications

1968: The Beatles (a/k/a “The White Album”) is certified gold
1973: Steve Miller’s The Joker album is certified gold

Charts

1952: The Mills Brothers’ “The Glow-Worm” hits #1
1969: Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” hits #1
1975: Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years album hits #1
1975: Tyrone Davis’ “Turning Point” enters the R&B charts

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT NOV 18 2016

FLASHBACK: ‘THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY’ PREMIERES ON TV

It was 21 years ago Saturday night (November 19th, 1995) that The Beatles Anthology premiered on ABC-TV. The three surviving Beatles, with the full cooperation of John Lennon‘s wife Yoko Ono, teamed up to produce the mini-series, which featured contemporary interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, as well as archival interviews with Lennon.

The project actually began almost immediately after the group’s breakup in the spring of 1970. The Beatles’ late right-hand man, Neil Aspinall, began compiling raw footage for the documentary, which was originally going to be called The Long And Winding Road. The doc, which was always on the group’s back burner, was even mentioned by Lennon during a 1980 deposition in a lawsuit against the producers of the Broadway musical Beatlemania. Lennon went on record at the time as saying that the group would eventually reunite to cap off the documentary.

Flash forward 25 years, to when the group’s story was spread out over three nights, with the first night world premiering the first all-new Beatles song in over 25 years, called “Free As A Bird.” The song was originally an unfinished home demo recording by Lennon from 1977. In 1994, at McCartney’s request, Yoko Ono presented the former Beatles with a total of four Lennon demos. Along with “Free As A Bird,” McCartney, Harrison, and Starr recorded another Lennon song called “Real Love.”

Although the trio decided to pass on embellishing on the already released Lennon demo of “Grow Old With Me” — there is a third unfinished Lennon track laying in the Beatles’ vaults, featuring their aborted attempt to flesh out the late-’70s demo of “Now And Then” — also known as “I Don’t Want To Lose You.”

For their digital “reunion,” the group used Lennon’s piano and lead vocal as the basis for the tracks to complete two “all new” Beatles songs. “Free As A Bird” was released as a single in November 1995 and reached Number Six. “Real Love” was released in February 1996 and peaked at Number 11.

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November 10 – November 17

We have been a bit behind on getting the oldies news posted.

Here is today’s plus the last few that we missed.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT NOV 9 2016

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GEORGE MARTIN’S MUSIC MINI-SERIES ‘SOUNDBREAKING’ COMING TO PBS

Soundbreaking, the music mini-series spearheaded by the Beatles‘ late producer George Martin, begins its eight-episode PBS run on Monday November 14th. The project was Martin’s last before his death on March 8th at age 90, and chronicles popular music’s greatest artists and producers giving the back-story to their most beloved and enduring works. The series combines “unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum, with rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.” Soundbreaking will air on PBS weekdays, November 14th through 23rd at 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

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