Today in Entertainment History
On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood” with the Harry James Orchestra.
In 1977, a Boz Scaggs concert in New York was cut short because of a citywide power failure. NRBQ was playing that night in a different venue and improvised by taping flashlights to their microphone stands and playing an acoustic set.
In 1984, Philippe (fel-EE’-pay) Wynne, a former lead singer of The Spinners, died of a heart attack while on stage in Oakland, California.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts to help starving people in Africa were held in London, Philadelphia and other cities. Live Aid was organized by singer Bob Geldof and featured dozens of top entertainers. It’s estimated more than 1.5 billion people either watched Live Aid on television or listened to a radio broadcast.
In 1989, Roseanne Barr filed for divorce in Los Angeles from William Pentland.
In 1990, the movie “Ghost” was released.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 78. Actor Robert Forster (“Banyon”) is 77. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn of The Byrds is 76. Actor Harrison Ford is 76. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 72. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid (“Eve,” ″The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 70. Actress Didi Conn is 67. Country singer Louise Mandrell is 64. Bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza of Twisted Sister is 62. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 61. Actor Michael Jace (“The Shield”) is 56. Comedian Tom Kenny (“Spongebob Squarepants”) is 56. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 56. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 56. Country singer Neil Thrasher (Thrasher Shriver) is 53. Actor Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken,” ″Community”) is 49. Singer Deborah Cox is 45. Drummer Will Champion of Coldplay is 40. Actor Steven R. McQueen (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 30. Singer Leon Bridges is 29. Actress Hayley Erin (“General Hospital”) is 24. Actor Kyle Harrison Breitkopf (BRYT’-kahpf) (“The Whispers”) is 13.