Today in Music History: The Turtles Play the Nixon White House

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The Turtles were invited to visit the White House Today in Music History. (Wikimedia Commons)

History Highlight:

Today in 1969, The Turtles gave a special performance at the White House as guests of Tricia Nixon. Stories circulate concerning members of the group allegedly snorted cocaine on Abraham Lincoln's desk.

Also, Today In:

1986 - The Pet Shop Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "West End Girls," the duo's first US No.1.

1999 - Author and songwriter Shel Silverstein died at 66. He wrote Johnny Cash's 1969 hit "A Boy Named Sue" and a pair of 1972 hits for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" and "Cover Of The Rolling Stone."

Birthdays:

Bono, aka Paul David Hewson, is 53 today.

Scottish singer Donovan is 67 today.

Sid Vicious, aka John Simon Ritchie, was born today in 1957.