AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On Aug. 9, 1963, the British TV show “Ready Steady Go” premiered. Most of Britain’s most popular bands appeared on the show.
Also in 1963, singer Whitney Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey.
In 1967, concert officials at the Sunbury Jazz and Blues Festival in England ask Jerry Lee Lewis to leave the stage because they thought the crowd had gotten too wild during Lewis’ performance.
In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered in Tate’s Los Angeles home. Cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his young disciples were later convicted of the crime.
In 1978, bluesman Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at a White House picnic.
In 1991, singer Rick James pleaded not guilty to charges he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home.
In 1995, Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack while undergoing drug rehabilitation. He was 53.
In 1999, guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs quit Oasis. Barely two weeks later, bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan quit.
Today’s Birthdays: Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette is 76. Comedian David Steinberg is 76. Actor Sam Elliott is 74. Singer Barbara Mason is 71. Actress Melanie Griffith is 61. Actress Amanda Bearse (“Married...With Children”) is 60. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 59. “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb (HOH’-duh KAHT’-bee) is 54. Actor Pat Petersen (“Knots Landing”) is 52. Actress Gillian (JIL’-ee-an) Anderson (“The X-Files”) is 50. Actor Eric Bana (“Star Trek,” ″The Hulk”) is 50. “Good Morning America” co-anchor Chris Cuomo is 48. Actor Thomas Lennon (new “The Odd Couple,” ″Reno 911!”) is 48. Bassist Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind) is 48. Rapper Mack 10 is 47. Singer Juanes (WAH’-nes) is 46. Actress Liz Vassey (“CSI,” ″All My Children”) is 46. Actor Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 45. Actress Ashley Johnson (“The Help”) is 35. Actress Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” ″Twilight”) is 33.