Presty the DJ for March 14

The texting shorthand term “smh” (“shakes my head”) didn’t exist in 1955 because texting didn’t exist in 1955.

But surely “smh” was invented for things like this: Today in 1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey made a signing decision between Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.

Godfrey chose Boone.

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Presty the DJ for March 13

The number one single on both sides of the Atlantic today in 1960:

Today in 1965, Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds because he wanted to continue playing the blues, while the other members wanted to sell records, as in …

The number one single today in 1965:

Today in 1967, the Beatles hired Sounds, Inc. for horn work:

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Presty the DJ for March 10

Today in 1956, RCA records purchased a half-page ad in that week’s Billboard magazine claiming that Elvis Presley was …

Ordinarily, if you have to tell someone something like that, the ad probably doesn’t measure up to the standards of accuracy. This one time, the hype was accurate.

Today in 1960, Britain’s Record Retailer printed the country’s first Extended Play and LP chart. Number one on the EP chart:

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Presty the DJ for March 9

Today in 1963, the Beatles appeared in a concert at the East Ham Granada in London … as third billing after Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.

Today in 1964, Capitol Records released the Four Preps’ “Letter to the Beatles.”

The song started at number 85. And then Capitol withdrew the song to avoid a lawsuit because the song included a bit of “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

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Presty the DJ for March 8

Today in 1965, Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was released. Other than the run-on nature of the lyrics, the song was one of the first to have an accompanying “promo film,” now known as a “music video”:

Today in 1971, Radio Hanoi played the Star Spangled Banner, presumably not as a compliment:

Today in 1973, Paul McCartney was fined £100 for growing marijuana at his farm in Campbelltown, Scotland.

McCartney’s excuse was that he didn’t know the seeds he claimed to have been given would actually grow.

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Presty the DJ for March 7

Today in 1962, the Beatles recorded their first radio appearance, on the BBC’s “Teenagers’ Turn — Here We Go”:

Proving that there is no accounting for taste, I present Britain’s number one single today in 1970:

The number one single over here today in 1970 was by an act that had already broken up:

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