AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On Jan. 17, 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire” in Los Angeles.
In 1970, singer Billy Stewart and three members of his band were killed when their car went off a bridge in North Carolina. Stewart was 32. His biggest hit was his cover of the George Gershwin song “Summertime.”
In 1972, part of Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It runs in front of Graceland.
In 1974, Dean Martin’s son Dino, of Dino, Desi and Billy, was arrested after he allegedly tried to sell a machine gun to an undercover agent. He was released on bail the next day.
In 1975, “Baretta” premiered on ABC.
In 1979, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt announced that they would record an album together. The result was the album “Trio,” which wasn’t released until eight years later.
In 1990, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1993, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington for a free outdoor concert that was staged as part of the presidential inaugural festivities. Performers included Michael Bolton and Aretha Franklin.
In 1996, talk show host Phil Donahue announced he was retiring after the end of the season, after 29 years on the air.
In 2001, Metallica announced bassist Jason Newsted had quit.
In 2016, David Bowie earned his first number-one album, with “Blackstar.” He had died a week earlier.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 97. Actor James Earl Jones is 88. Talk show host Maury Povich is 80. Singer Chris Montez is 77. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 74. Actress Joanna David (“Downton Abbey”) is 72. Actress Jane Elliott (“General Hospital”) is 72. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 71. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 66. Singer Steve Earle is 64. Singer Paul Young is 63. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 62. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 60. Writer-Director Brian Helgeland (“42,” ″Mystic River,” ″L.A. Confidential”) is 58. Actor Jim Carrey is 57. Actor Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story,” ″True Blood,” ″Garden State”) is 57. Actor Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” ″Sports Night”) is 53. Singer Shabba Ranks is 53. Drummer Jon Wysocki (Staind) is 51. Actor Naveen Andrews (“Lost”) is 50. Electronic musician DJ Tiesto is 50. Musician Kid Rock is 48. Actor Freddy Rodriguez (“The Night Shift,” ″Six Feet Under”) is 44. Actor-writer Leigh Whannel (“Saw” and “Insidious” movies) is 42. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel (ZOH’-ee deh-shuh-NEHL’) (“New Girl”) is 39. Singer Ray J is 38. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 37. Actor Ryan Gage (“The Hobbit”) is 36. DJ Calvin Harris is 35. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 33. Actor Jonathan Keltz (“Reign,” ″Entourage”) is 31. Actress Kelly Marie Tran (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) is 30. Actress Kathrine Herzer (“Madame Secretary”) is 22.