Today in Entertainment History
On March 3, 1931, Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher.” It was the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
In 1966, Buffalo Springfield was formed, featuring Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer.
In 1967, Eric Burdon and The Animals refused to do a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they were paid in advance. The audience went on a rampage, causing $5,000 in damage.
Also in 1967, the Jeff Beck Group made its stage debut in London.
In 1973, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack was named song and record of the year at the Grammys. “The Concert for Bangladesh” won the best album award. America was named best new artist.
In 1991, ballroom dancing king Arthur Murray died in Hawaii at the age of 95.
In 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry underwent brain surgery for a ruptured aneurysm in Switzerland.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer-guitarist Mike Pender of The Searchers is 78. Movie producer-director George Miller (“Mad Max”) is 74. Actress Hattie Winston (“Becker”) is 74. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 72. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky (“Police Academy” films) is 69. Musician Robyn Hitchcock is 66. Guitarist John Lilley of The Hooters is 65. Actress Miranda Richardson is 61. Actress Laura Harring (“Mulholland Drive,” ″Gossip Girl”) is 55. Drummer Duncan Phillips of Newsboys is 55. Rapper-actor Tone Loc (lohk) is 53. Actress Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) is 49. Singer Brett Warren of The Warren Brothers is 48. Actor David Faustino (“Married...With Children”) is 45. Gospel singer Jason Crabb is 42. Singer Ronan Keating of Boyzone is 42. Rapper Lil’ Flip is 38. Actress Jessica Biel is 37. Guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey of Hinder is 35. Musician Brett Hite of Frenship is 33. Singer Camila Cabello (kah-MEE’-lah kah-BAY’oh) (Fifth Harmony) is 22. Actor Thomas Barbusca (“The Mick”) is 16. Actress Reylynn Caster (TV’s “Me, Myself and I”) is 16.