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In 1970 in his zealous quest to become an honorary agent for the DEA and do his part in the war on drugs, Elvis was invited to the White House to offer his services to President Nixon. Really sticking to his guns and reportedly under the influence of heavy prescription the King gave Nixon a gold-plated Colt .45 pistol. Talk about homeland security in those days. In exchange, Nixon gave Presley a Narcotics Bureau badge. Oh, the irony.
Also on this day in 1966, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys received a gold record for their work on the innovative hit single “Good Vibrations”. Described by Wilson’s publicist Derek Taylor as a “pocket symphony”, the song reached the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart in December of 1966. The track was also named number six on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Good Vibrations” remains a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
Finally singer, guitarist and one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson, commemorates an end of the world birthday today. He would have been 66 years old today.