10 February

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In Music History

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1958 ABC's Mickey Mouse Club begins its "Annette" serial, solidifying the rising popularity of its young star, Annette Funicello.

1958 Elvis Presley's "Don't" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1956 Little Richard records "Long Tall Sally."

1954 The Glenn Miller Story, a biopic about the bandleader starring Jimmy Stewart, opens in theaters.

1949 Nigel Olsson, a drummer known for his work with Elton John, is born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

1943 Ral Donner, known for the 1961 hit "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)," is born in Norwood Park, Chicago.

1942 RCA Victor presents Glenn Miller with a gold record for "Chattanooga Choo Choo." It's purely a promotional gimmick (the label is celebrating sales of over one million), but still the first time that a gold record is awarded. Other labels follow suit in handing out framed golden discs to their artists in celebration of the one million milestone, and in 1958 the RIAA makes it official, awarding gold records to singles and albums that earn over $1 million.

1942 Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra record "Rio Rita."

1940 Jimmy Merchant (of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) is born in New York City.

1939 Roberta Flack is born in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

1933 Don Wilson (rhythm guitarist for The Ventures) is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1929 Film score composer Jerry Goldsmith (Chinatown, Hoosiers) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1927 "Shepherd Of The Hills" becomes the first song to be performed on two Continents immediately after being written. The song was read down the phone at 5pm London time, and performed at the Alhambra at 8:40pm by Jack Hylton and his band. It was performed later that same night in New York.

1914 Renowned harmonica player Larry Adler is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

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