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

The Turtles band photo
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."


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.