Today in Entertainment History
Aug. 27, 2018
On Sept. 4, 1959, a New York radio station banned the song "Mack The Knife" in response to a wave of stabbings.
In 1964, The Animals made their American debut in Brooklyn, New York.
Also in 1964, "Gilligan's Island" premiered on CBS.
In 1965, The Who had their equipment van stolen in England while they were inside an animal shelter buying a guard dog.
In 1968, radio stations in several U.S. cities banned the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man" because of fears it might incite violence.
In 1977, the rock musical "Godspell" closed on Broadway.
In 1986, musician Gregg Allman was arrested for drunken driving in Florida. He had just gotten his driver's license back after a five-year suspension.
In 1991, singer Dottie West died during surgery in Nashville. She had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier. West was 58.
In 1993, actor Herve Villechaize died at the age of 50. He's probably best known for playing Tattoo on "Fantasy Island."
In 1996, Yusaf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, emerged from retirement in London to sign copies of his first album in 18 years. Music fans were disappointed, because the album "Life of the Last Prophet" was 80 percent talk.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson was named the winner on the first edition of "American Idol," beating out Justin Guarini and winning a recording contract. Nearly 22.5 million people tuned in to watch.
In 2006, Steve Irwin of the TV show "Crocodile Hunter" was killed when a stingray's barb hit him in the heart while Irwin was filming an underwater documentary. Irwin was 44.
In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died of complications from a minor throat procedure in New York. She was 81.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 87. Actor Kenneth Kimmins ("Coach") is 77. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 76. TV personality Dr. Jan (YAHN) Pol ("The Incredible Dr. Pol") is 76. Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 74. Bassist Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 68. Actress Judith Ivey is 67. Drummer Martin Chambers of The Pretenders is 67. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ("Welcome Back, Kotter") is 65. Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," ''NewsRadio") is 61. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 58. Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is 58. Actor Richard Speight Junior ("The Agency") is 49. Actor Noah Taylor (2005's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," ''Game of Thrones") is 49. Actress Ione (eye-OH'-nee) Skye is 48. DJ-music producer Mark Ronson is 43. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 43. Bassist Ian Grushka of New Found Glory is 41. Actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") is 40. Actor Max Greenfield ("New Girl") is 39. Singer Dan Miller of O-Town is 38. Singer Beyonce' (bee-YON'-say) Knowles (Destiny's Child) is 37. Singer-guitarist Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 37. Actress Whitney Cummings ("Whitney") is 36. Comedian Kyle Mooney ("Saturday Night Live") is 34. Multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek (NEE'-lah peh-KAYR'-ehk) of The Lumineers is 32. Singer James Bay is 28. Actor Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 23.