AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On July 9, 1935, Jimmy Stewart’s first film, “Murder Man,” opened.
In 1955, Pat Boone released his version of “Ain’t That A Shame,” which became his first number-one hit.
In 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of “Bandstand” on a Philadelphia TV station. The name was changed to “American Bandstand” when it went to ABC.
In 1968, The Temptations appeared at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Pennsylvania without baritone David Ruffin. He had been fired by Motown Records because he wanted to change the direction of the band. He was later rehired as a solo artist.
In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was buried in Paris, six days after he was found dead in a bathtub. Word of Morrison’s death was finally given to the press after the burial, apparently to spare family members from being approached by reporters.
In 1972, Paul McCartney began a European tour in France with his band Wings. It was his first tour since the last Beatles tour in 1966.
In 1975, Cher filed court papers to dissolve her marriage to Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers. They had been married just nine days.
In 1981, The Jacksons kicked off a 36-city tour, which grossed them $5.5 million and led to “The Jacksons Live” album.
In 1995, the Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia, at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
In 1999, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall divorced. They were together for 21 years. The court hearing took 12 minutes.
In 2001, the Backstreet Boys announced they were postponing their tour because singer A.J. McLean was entering rehab.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer-actor Ed Ames of The Ames Brothers is 91. Actor James Hampton (“F Troop”) is 82. Actor Brian Dennehy is 80. Actor Richard Roundtree is 76. Singer Dee Dee Kenniebrew of The Crystals is 72. Actor Chris Cooper is 67. TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 66. Country singer David Ball is 65. Singer Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge is 64. Actor Jimmy Smits is 63. Actor Tom Hanks is 62. Singer Marc Almond of Soft Cell is 61. Actress Kelly McGillis is 61. Singer Jim Kerr of Simple Minds is 59. Singer Courtney Love is 54. Bassist Frank Bello of Anthrax is 53. Actor David O’Hara (“The District”) is 53. Actress Pamela Adlon (“Louie”) is 52. Actor Scott Grimes (“ER,” ″Party of Five”) is 47. Musician Jack White is 43. Singer-guitarist Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse is 43. Actor Fred Savage is 42. Singer Dan Estrin of Hoobastank is 42. Actress Linda Park (“Star Trek: Enterprise”) is 40. Singer-actress Kiely (KEE’-lee) Williams of 3LW (“Cheetah Girls” films) is 32. Actor Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana”) is 27. Actress Georgie Henley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 23.