AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On Jan. 10, 1948, future country star Loretta Webb married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, becoming Loretta Lynn.
In 1956, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for RCA Records. “Heartbreak Hotel” was among the songs he recorded.
In 1967, National Educational Television, the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting Service, operated as a true network for the first time as it carried President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union address.
In 1976, bluesman Howlin’ Wolf died of cancer in a Chicago-area hospital. He was a major influence on musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.
In 1981, the production of “Pirates of Penzance,” starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, moved to Broadway after successfully playing the New York Shakespeare Festival.
In 1989, Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” video was released. Jackson played a superhero in the video, which included a lengthy fantasy segment set to the song “Smooth Criminal.”
In 1991, Clint Black joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2000, Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Cypher, revealed David Crosby was the father of their two children by artificial insemination.
In 2009, singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas married actor Josh Duhamel (doo-MEHL’) at a vineyard in Malibu, California. They separated in 2017.
In 2016, musician David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 84. Actor William Sanderson (“Deadwood,” ″Newhart”) is 75. Singer Rod Stewart is 74. Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 71. Singer Pat Benatar is 66. Guitarist Michael Schenker (Scorpions) is 64. Singer Shawn Colvin is 63. Singer-guitarist Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 60. Actor Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”) is 58. Singer Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 55. Actress Trini Alvarado is 52. Singer Brent Smith of Shinedown is 41. Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 40.