Presty the DJ for Dec. 14

It figures that after yesterday’s marathon musical compendium, today’s is much shorter.

The number one album today in 1959 was the Kingston Trio’s “Here We Go Again!”

The number one single today in 1968:

Today in 1977, the movie “Saturday Night Fever,” based on a magazine article that turned out to be a hoax, premiered in New York:

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 13

Today in 1961, this was the first country song to sell more than $1 million:

The number one single today in 1962:

The number one single today in 1970 (which sounded like it had been recorded using 1770 technology):

The number one album today in 1975 was “Chicago IX,” which was actually “Chicago’s Greatest Hits”:

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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.”

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 11

The number one album today in 1961 was Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” …

… while the number one single was a request:

Today in 1968, filming began for the Rolling Stones movie “Rock and Roll Circus,” featuring, in addition to the group, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull, plus clowns and acrobats.

The film was released in 1996. (That is not a typo.)

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 10

Today in 1959, the four members of the Platters, who had been arrested in Cincinnati Aug. 10 on drug and prostitution charges, were acquitted.

Still, unlike perhaps today, the acquittal didn’t undo the damage the charges caused to the group’s career.

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 9

Imagine having the opportunity to see Johnny Cash, with Elvis Presley his opening act, in concert at a high school. The concert was at Arkansas High School in Swifton, Ark., today in 1955.

Today in 1961, the Beatles played a concert at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, Great Britain. Because the local newspaper wouldn’t accept the promoter’s check for advertising, the concert wasn’t publicized, and attendance totaled 18.

After the concert, the Beatles reportedly were ordered out of town by local police due to their rowdiness.

That, however, doesn’t compare to what happened in New Haven, Conn., today in 1967. Before the Doors concert in the New Haven Arena, a policeman discovered singer Jim Morrison making out in a backstage shower with an 18-year-old girl.

The officer, unaware that he had discovered the lead singer of the concert, told Morrison and the woman to leave. After an argument, in which Morrison told the officer to “eat it,” the officer sprayed Morrison and his new friend with Mace. The concert was delayed one hour while Morrison recovered.

Halfway through the first set, Morrison decided to express his opinion about the New Haven police, daring them to arrest him. They did, on charges of inciting a riot, public obscenity and decency. The charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

The number one album today in 1972 was the Moody Blues’ “Seventh Sojourn”:

The number one single today in 1978:

Today in 1988, a poll was released on the subject of the best background music for sex. Number three was Luther Vandross …

… number two was Beethoven …

… and number one was Neil Diamond.

Neil Diamond?

The number one single today in 1989:

Today in 2003, Ozzy Osbourne crashed his ATV at his home, breaking his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck.

Birthdays begin with Sam Strain of the Imperials and the O’Jays:

Joan Armatrading:

Jack Sonni of Dire Straits:

Nick Seymour played bass for Crowded House:

Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers:

Zak Foley of EMF:

Presty the DJ for Dec. 8

Today in 1940, the first NFL championship game was broadcast nationally on Mutual radio. Before long, Mutual announcer Red Barber probably wondered why they’d bothered.

Today in 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped from a Lake Tahoe hotel. He was released two days later after his father paid $240,000 ransom. The kidnappers were arrested and sentenced to prison.

The top selling 8-track today in 1971:

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 7

The number one British album today in 1963 will be at number one for 21 weeks — “Meet the Beatles”:

The number one single here today in 1963 certainly was not a traditional pop song:

Today in 1967, Otis Redding recorded a song before heading on a concert tour that included Madison:

The number one British album today in 1968 was the Beatles’ “White Album”:

The number one British single today in 1974 was originally a country song:

See the comment from 1963 about the number one single today in 1974:

The number one song today in 1985:

The number one British song today in 1991:

The number one album today in 1991 was U2’s “Achtung Baby”:

The number one single today in 2003:

Only one birthday of note today: Tom Waits, whose voice was described as “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car” makes him better known as writing for others:


Presty the DJ for Dec. 6

The number one British single today in 1967:

Today in 1968, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra backed The Doors for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS:

The number one single today in 1969:

On that day, a free festival in Altamont, Calif., featured the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 5

The number one album today in 1960 was Elvis Presley’s “G.I. Blues” …

… which is probably unrelated to what Beatles Paul McCartney and Pete Best did in West Germany that day: They were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and igniting it. Their sentence was deportation.

The number one single today in 1964 (really):

The number one single today in 1965 wasn’t a single:

The number one British single today in 1981:

The number one British single today in 2004 …

… was a remake of the original:

The number one British album today in 2004 was U2’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”:

So who shares a birthday with our youngest son? “Little Richard” Penniman:

Eduardo Delgado of ? and the Mysterians:

Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina:

Jack Russell of Great White …

… was born the same day as Les Nemes of Haircut 100:

Two deaths of note today: Doug Hopkins, cofounder of the Gin Blossoms, in 1993 …

… and in 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: