Today in Entertainment History
On October 29, 1936, singer Hank Snow made his first recordings, “Lonesome Blue Yodel” and “Prisoned Cowboy.”
In 1956, “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast, replacing “The Camel News Caravan.”
In 1964, the “T.A.M.I. Show” was filmed in Santa Monica, California. It featured performances by the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Rolling Stones and The Supremes.
In 1970, Neil Diamond received a gold record for “Cracklin’ Rosie.”
In 1971, Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. A similar accident took the life of the band’s bassist, Berry Oakley, the next year.
In 1981, the TV comedy “Gimme A Break,” starring Nell Carter, made its debut on NBC.
In 1983, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” became the longest-running album on the “Billboard” music charts, with a total of 491 weeks. That record has since been broken.
In 1996, the Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans became parents to a son, Christopher Wallace.
Today’s Birthdays: Banjo player Sonny Osborne of The Osborne Brothers is 80. Country singer Lee Clayton is 75. Guitarist Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues) is 73. Singer-actress Melba Moore is 72. Guitarist Peter Green (Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac) is 71. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 70. Actress Kate Jackson is 69. Actor Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) is 60. Singer Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is 56. Drummer Peter Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 52. Actress Joely Fisher (“Ellen”) is 50. Rapper Paris is 50. Actor Grayson McCouch (mih-KOOCH’) (“Gotham”) is 49. Singer SA Martinez of 311 (three-eleven) is 48. Actress Winona Ryder is 46. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”) is 45. Actress Gabrielle Union is 45. Actor Trevor Lissauer (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 44. Actress Milena Govich (“Law and Order”) is 41. Actor Brendan Fehr (“CSI: Miami,” ″Roswell”) is 40. Actor Ben Foster (“Six Feet Under”) is 37. Bassist Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend is 33.