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Today in Entertainment History

July 15, 2018

On July 15, 1973, singer Ray Davies announced during a concert in London that he was leaving The Kinks. He returned after a few days.

In 1980, singers Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened in a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production moved to Broadway in 1981 and eventually was made into a movie.

In 1986, Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year.

In 1988, MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.

In 1989, more than 200,000 people crammed into Venice for a free Pink Floyd concert. Before the show began, 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle, and residents complained about littering and drug use.

In 1991, actor and game show host Bert Convy died of an inoperable tumor in Los Angeles. He was 57.

In 1994, singer Phil Collins announced he was seeking a divorce from his wife, Jill Tavelman. The divorce was finalized in 1996.

In 1998, drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate (SICH’-yoo-it), Massachusetts.

In 2006, Avril Lavigne (lah-VEEN’) married Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley in Montecito, California. They have since divorced.

In 2016, the divorce of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin was finalized.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ken Kercheval (“Dallas”) is 83. Actor Patrick Wayne is 79. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 74. Singer Millie Jackson is 74. Guitarist-singer Peter Lewis of Moby Grape is 73. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 72. Drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 70. Actor Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” ″West Wing,” ″Alias”) is 66. Singer-guitarist David Pack (Ambrosia) is 66. Drummer Marky Ramone (The Ramones) is 62. Guitarist Joe Satriani is 62. Actor Willie Aames (“Eight Is Enough,” ″Charles In Charge”) is 58. Model Kim Alexis is 58. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 57. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 57. Actress Shari Headley is 55. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 55. Drummer Jason Bonham is 52. Actress Amanda Foreman (“Parenthood,” ″Felicity”) is 52. Actor Kristoff St. John (“The Young and the Restless”) is 52. Singer Stokley of Mint Condition is 51. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie”) is 50. Actor Stan Kirsch (TV’s “Highlander”) is 50. Actor Reggie Hayes (“Girlfriends”) is 49. Actor Jim Rash (“Community”) is 47. Drummer John Dolmayan of System Of A Down and of Scars On Broadway is 46. Actor Scott Foley (“Scandal,” ″Felicity”) is 46. Actor Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills 90210”) is 45. Rapper Jim Jones is 42. Actress Lana Parrilla (LAH’-nuh pa-REE’-uh) (“Once Upon A Time,” ″Swingtown”) is 41. Guitarist Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance is 41. Actress Laura Benanti (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 39. Actor Taylor Kinney (“Chicago Fire”) is 37. Singer Kia Thornton of Divine is 37. Actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds (“90210″) is 29. Actor Iain Armitage (“Big Little Lies”) is 10.

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