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OLDIES NEWS FOR DECEMBER 14 2016

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ELTON JOHN LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO CREATE VIDEOS FOR PAST CLASSICS

How would you like to create your own official video for a classic Elton John song??? In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Elton and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting partnership, the pair — supported by YouTube — has launched “Elton John: The Cut,” and is giving undiscovered creative talent from all over the world the chance to create official music videos for three iconic songs: “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie And The Jets.” The songs were specifically chosen from the early-’70s — a good decade before music videos were the norm for new singles.

According to the press release, “Music video entries for each of the songs will feature different artistic elements: submissions for ‘Rocket Man’ will feature animation, ‘Tiny Dancer’ will be live-action, and ‘Bennie And The Jets’ will feature choreography. . . Together with a panel of YouTube creators and celebrated music and industry judges, Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin will select three winners, and those winning entries will premiere on YouTube in the summer of 2017.”

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


EVENTS

1966: Elvis Presley’s film Spinout premieres in Los Angeles.
1966: Chad and Jeremy appear as special guest stars on today’s episode of ABC’s Batman show.
1967:: Dick Clark announces that he’s filming a movie about hippies, The Love Children, starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bagism” project, arriving at London’s Hyde Park inside a white bag located in a white Rolls Royce, and then giving a protest speech — from inside the bag — on behalf of executed prisoner James Hanratty.
(The idea was that the press and skeptics would have to listen to their words without being distracted by celebrity.)
1971: Radical John Sinclair is released from prison.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 13 2016

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THE DOORS RELEASE CLASSIC PRE-FAME CLUB GIG

Newly released is the latest archival Doors collection, titled, London Fog 1966. The band was the house band at the Sunset Strip venue from February 21st until May 7th, 1966. The set is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 18,000 copies and sell for $49.98. According to the collection’s press release, London Fog 1966 will be “presented in a lift-top package designed to look like a vintage storage box, the set features seven songs on both CD and a 10-inch record that’s made to resemble a test pressing. Noted Doors engineer Bruce Botnick recently mastered the audio for this collection.”

The package includes a reproduction of a London Fog concert poster, a copy of drummer John Densmore‘s handwritten setlist, a program for the Royce Hall UCLA student film screening, plus a London Fog coaster. Among those contributing to the liner notes is Nettie Pena, who recorded the band on a quarter reel-to-reel recorder and photographed the band — with several of her prints included in the set.

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Events

1960:
Elvis Presley’s latest UK single, “It’s Now Or Never,” breaks all records by selling one million copies in six weeks.
1961:
The Beatles perform their regular show at the Cavern Club, unaware that Decca representative Mike Smith is in the audience, there to sign the group.
1963:
Frankie Avalon appears as “Max” on tonight’s “Who Killed Cynthia Royal?” episode of ABC-TV’s Burke’s Law.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 12 2016

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIONNE WARWICK!!!

Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 76th birthday today (December 12th). In 2014 Warwick released her latest duets album, called Feels So Good, with such special guests asStevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley.

In 2011, Warwick wrote her autobiography called, My Life As I See It, which was co-written by David Freedman Wooley and published by Simon & Schuster. Warwick’s maternal aunt is legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston — the mother of the late Whitney Houston.

Warwick will always be best known for her classic 1960’s hits written by Burt Bacharach and the late-Hal David, including “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Walk On By”, “Alfie,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” and many others.

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1901: Guglielmo Marconi recieves the first trans-Atlantic wireless radio signal.
1957: DJ Al Priddy is fired from radio station KEX, Portland, OR, for playing Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas” on air.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, OH.
1963: The LP John Fitzgerald Kennedy – A Memorial Album becomes the fastest-selling album in history, selling four million copies in six days. The tribute was recorded the day of Kennedy’s assassination.
1966: Pink Floyd performs their first concert, for the Oxfam Benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1967: A London Appeals Court commutes the nine-month prison sentence of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, citing psychiatric testimony that he could not handle prison.Jones had been busted for marijuana possession.

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OLDIES NEWS DEC 9 2016

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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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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

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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

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 7 2016

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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

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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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