Today In Rock: December 19

1918

Professor Longhair was born.

1957

Elvis Presley is served with his draft notice while home at Graceland for the Christmas holidays. He is sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958, and later sent to basic training in Fort Hood, Texas. Shipped to Germany, he will serve in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps, from October 1, 1958, to March 1, 1960.

1960

Sam Cooke hits #29 with "I'm In a Sad Mood".

1960

Bill Black's Combo hits #16 with "Blue Tango"

1964

"Come See About Me" by the Supremes hits #1.

1965

Over and Over (The Dave Clark Five) was a hit.

1968

James Brown releases an album entitle 'Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things,' a tribute to his recently deceased friend and King Records labelmate.

1971

Brand New Key (Melanie) was a hit.

1976

Gary Glitter makes his comeback.

1986

Whitesnake hits #2 with "Is This Love".

1987

Debbie Gibson hits #4 with "Shake Your Love".

1994

MTV debuts its weekly animated series, "MTV Oddities," which features strange characters in unusual worlds and situations.

2000

Roebuck "Pops" Staples dies in his sleep.