Today in Entertainment History
On May 12, 1959, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were married in Las Vegas. They divorced after four years.
In 1960, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley traded duets on their hit songs “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” during an ABC special.
In 1963, Bob Dylan refused to appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show” because CBS would not allow him to sing “Talking John Birch Society Blues.”
In 1964, “Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini won the Grammy for Record of the Year. “The Barbra Streisand Album” won album of the year. Ward Swingle of the Swingle Singers won best new artist.
In 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. Guests included other members of the Rolling Stones, plus Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Stephen Stills. They are now divorced.
In 1975, Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York’s Central Park. The band and a New York radio station ended up paying $14,000 for damages and park cleanup.
In 1981, The Who’s first album without Keith Moon, “Face Dances,” went gold, but was considered a disappointment, even to the band itself.
In 1991, the “Kurd Aid” concert to benefit Kurdish refugees was held in London. Chris de Burgh and Peter Gabriel were among the artists participating in the show.
In 1992, “Brady Bunch” star Robert Reed died of colon cancer at the age of 59. It was later revealed that the AIDS virus contributed to his death.
In 2002, singer Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami’s airport after baggage screeners said they found marijuana in her lipstick container. The charges were dropped after Warwick agreed to a drug treatment program.
In 2011, Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill married model Lily Aldrige in Montecito, California.
Today’s Birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 91. Actress Millie Perkins (“Knots Landing”) is 83. Country singer Billy Swan is 77. Actress Linda Dano (“Another World”) is 76. Singer Steve Winwood is 71. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 71. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 69. Singer Billy Squier is 69. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 69. Blues musician Guy Davis is 67. Country singer Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn is 64. Drummer Eric Singer of Kiss is 61. Actor Ving Rhames is 60. Guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult is 58. Actor Emilio Estevez is 57. Actress April Grace (“Lost,” ″Joan of Arcadia”) is 57. Actress Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” ″Melrose Place” -- not the former Miss America) is 56. TV personality Carla Hall (“The Chew”) is 55. Keyboardist Eddie Kilgallon (Ricochet) is 54. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 53. Actor Scott Schwartz (“A Christmas Story”) is 51. Actress Kim Fields (“Living Single,” ″The Facts of Life”) is 50. Actress Jamie Luner (“Melrose Place,” ″Profiler”) is 48. Actress Rhea Seehorn (“Whitney”) is 47. Actor Mackenzie Astin (“The Facts of Life”) is 46. Bassist Matt Mangano of Zac Brown Band is 43. Actress Rebecca Herbst (“General Hospital”) is 42. Actor Jason Biggs (“American Pie”) is 41. Actor Rami Malik (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” ″Mr. Robot”) is 38. Actress Clare Bowen (“Nashville”) is 35. Actress Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”) is 33. Actor Malcolm David Kelley (“Lost”) is 27. Actor Sullivan Sweeten (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 24.