This Day in Music History
1968 : Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." is certified gold.
1969 : Although Elvis Presley has written a soprano part for backup singer Cissy Houston during "Are You Lonesome Tonight" her actual live performance of it tonight at the International Hotel in Vegas strikes Elvis as amazingly funny for some reason, leading to a collector's classic: a performance where the King cannot stop laughing. "That's it, man, fourteen years right down the drain", he jokes as the song ends.
1970 : Think today's festivals are cool? Check out some of the acts at the three-day Isle of Wight festival in England, which begins on this day: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone, Free, Jimi Hendrix (his last concert appearance in England).
1970 : After an all-night jam, The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominoes. Clapton agrees, only on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions.
1973 : At the Hilton in Las Vegas, Bobby Darin plays his final concert. The singer would die on December 20.
1980 : Tom Peterson leaves Cheap Trick - he will return eight years later.
1981 : The mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Marion Dewar, declares today "Paul Anka Day" in honor of its native son.
1990 : Randy Newman wins an unlikely Emmy for his score to the legendary ABC-TV flop series Cop Rock.
1994 : Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller suffers a brain hemorrhage while in New York, lapsing into a five-month coma and eventually forcing him into physical therapy to regain his motor skills.
2005 : A post office in Los Angeles is officially renamed after singer Ray Charles due to its close proximity to the studio where he recorded later in life.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com