Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 17, 1960, Elvis Presley received his first gold album, for the album called “Elvis.” It included the songs “Rip It Up,” ″Old Shep” and “Ready Teddy.”
In 1970, singer Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She was back to doing shows within the year.
In 1971, James Taylor made his prime-time TV debut on “The Johnny Cash Show.” Taylor sang “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina on My Mind.”
In 1972, Pink Floyd premiered “Dark Side of the Moon” in concert at London’s Rainbow Theater. The album was released the next year.
In 1976, The Eagles released their “Greatest Hits” album.
In 1979, The Clash kicked off its first U.S. tour in New York.
In 1982, jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died after a long illness at the age of 64.
In 1988, in Hollywood, Florida, a 12-year-old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group’s “Live Wire” video. He suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue said the band’s stunts should not be tried at home.
In 2013, country singer Mindy McCready was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on her front porch. She was 37.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 94. Comedian Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is 85. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 84. Actress Christina Pickles (“The Wedding Singer,” ″St. Elsewhere”) is 84. Actress Brenda Fricker is 74. Actress Becky Ann Baker (“Girls,” ″Freaks and Geeks”) is 66. Actress Rene Russo is 65. Actor Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”) is 63. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 57. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 56. Singer Chante Moore is 52. Guitarist Tim Mahoney of 311 (three-eleven) is 49. Actor Dominic Purcell (“Prison Break”) is 49. Actress Denise Richards is 48. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is 47. Drummer Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters is 47. Actor Jerry O’Connell is 45. Country singer Bryan White is 45. Actress Kelly Carlson (“Nip/Tuck”) is 43. Actor Conrad Ricamora (“How To Get Away With Murder”) is 40. Actor Jason Ritter (“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” ″Joan of Arcadia”) is 39. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 38. TV co-host Daphne Oz (“The Chew”) is 33. Actor Chord Overstreet (“Glee”) is 30. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 28.