Presty the DJ for Dec. 12

Imagine having tickets to this concert at the National Guard Armory in Amory, Miss., today in 1955: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley:

Today in 1957, while Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old second cousin (while he was still married — three taboos in one!), Al Priddy, a DJ on KEX in Portland, was fired for playing Presley’s version of “White Christmas,” on the ground that “it’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas.”

The number one song today in 1963:

Today in 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was sentenced to three years probation and fined £1,000 on drug charges. Three psychiatrists said Jones was an “extremely frightened young man” with suicidal tendencies.

The number one single today in 1970:

The number one single today in 2002:

Birthdays today start with Frank Sinatra:

Dionne Warwick:

Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer:

Dicky Betts, who played guitar for the Allman Brothers Band …

… was born the same day as Grover Washington Jr.:

Rob Tyner of MC5:

Clive Bunker, who played drums for Jethro Tull …

… was born one year before Ralph Scala, organist and vocalist for the Blues Magoos:

Sheila E.:

Danny Boy of the House of Pain:

Two deaths of note: Today in 1985, Ian Stewart, cofounder of the Rolling Stones, who was removed from the band in 1963 but kept as piano and organ player and road manager; he played on all but one Stones album between 1964 and 1983:

Today in 2007, Ike Turner, ex-husband of Tina:


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