Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 25, 1950, the variety series “Your Show of Shows” made its debut on NBC.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded “That’ll Be The Day,” their first and only number one hit.
In 1963, Vee Jay Records released the first Beatles record in the U.S., “Please Please Me” backed with “Ask Me Why.” At the time, the single went unnoticed by the record-buying public.
In 1973, the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” opened on Broadway.
In 1981, singer Christopher Cross became one of the few musicians to win the four major Grammy Awards. His self-titled album won album of the year. His song “Sailing” was named best song and best record. He also won best new artist.
In 1983, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71.
In 1992, Natalie Cole won seven Grammy Awards, including album of the year for “Unforgettable...With Love.” Bonnie Raitt and R.E.M. each won three.
In 1993, Marshall Tucker Band founder Toy Caldwell was found dead at his home in South Carolina. He was 45. A coroner later ruled that Caldwell’s death was cocaine-related.
Also in 1993, actor Dick Van Dyke got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star’s unveiling, Van Dyke was shocked to see that his last name had been engraved as one word instead of two.
In 1995, singer Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident while practicing for a segment for “Moto World” on ESPN.
In 1996, actor Dr. Haing (hang) S. Ngor (nohr) was shot to death outside his home in Los Angeles. He was 45. Ngor won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in “The Killing Fields” and was a real-life survivor of the Khmer (kuh-MAYR’) Rouge death camps.
In 1998, Bob Dylan won the album of the year Grammy for “Time Out of Mind,” his first win in that category on his 42nd album. His performance was interrupted by a dancing man with “Soy Bomb” written on his chest. At that same ceremony, singer Shawn Colvin’s acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper ODB, who upstaged her with a rant about his clothes.
In 2004, “The Passion of the Christ” opened nationwide.
In 2007, Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar, for directing “The Departed.”
In 2017, actor Bill Paxton died from complications from a heart surgery eleven days earlier. He was 61.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Ann McCrea (“The Donna Reed Show”) is 87. Actor Tom Courtenay (“Dr. Zhivago”) is 81. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 81. Actress Diane Baker is 80. Actress Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 76. Musician-actor John Doe of X (“Roswell”) is 65. Singer-guitarist Mike Peters of The Alarm is 59. Actress Veronica Webb is 53. Actor Alexis Denisof (“Angel,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 52. Actress Tea Leoni (TAY’-ah lee-OH’-nee) Leoni is 52. Comedian Carrot Top is 51. Actress Lesley Boone (“Ed”) is 50. Actor Sean Astin is 47. Singer Daniel Powter is 47. Singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees is 45. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 43. Actress Rashida Jones (“The Office,” ″Parks and Recreation”) is 42. Singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 40. Actor Justin Berfield (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 32. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter” films) are 32. Bassist Erik Haager of Carolina Liar is 31.