Today in Entertainment History
On Jan. 19, 1974, a nine-mile traffic jam kept fans from attending performances by Bob Dylan and The Band in Miami. Many ticketholders didn’t get in until the show was half over, prompting a few demonstrations.
In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the U.S. Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused.
In 1977, Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter, who took the oath of office the next day.
In 1980, Michael Jackson got his first gold record, for “Off the Wall.”
In 1989, Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle teamed up for a version of “Stand By Your Man” in honor of President-elect George H.W. Bush. Other celebrities at the Inaugural Gala included Clint Eastwood, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.
In 1993, Fleetwood Mac reunited for the Inaugural Gala for President-elect Bill Clinton.
Also in 1993, singer Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound-alike in a commercial. The Supreme Court refused to change the amount of the award.
In 1998, rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins died in Jackson, Tennessee, of complications from a recent series of strokes. He was 65.
In 2006, singer Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack in Reston, Virginia. He was 64.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Tippi Hedren is 89. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 77. Actress Shelley Fabares (fab-RAY’) is 75. Country singer Dolly Parton is 73. TV chef Paula Deen is 72. Singer Martha Davis of The Motels is 68. Singer Dewey Bunnell (buh-NEL’) of America is 67. Actor Desi Arnaz Junior is 66. Actress Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy,” ″Married...With Children”) is 65. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 64. Keyboardist Mickey Virtue of UB40 is 62. Actor Paul McCrane (“ER”) is 58. Singer Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe is 51. Singer Trey Lorenz is 50. Actor Shawn Wayans (“White Chicks,” ″Scary Movie”) is 48. Singer-guitarist John Wozniak of Marcy Playground is 48. Actress Drea de Matteo (DRAY’-uh dih muh-TAY’-oh) (“Joey,” ″The Sopranos”) is 47. Comedian Frank Caliendo (“Frank TV,” ″Mad TV”) is 45. Actor Drew Powell (“Gotham”) is 43. Actress Bitsie Tulloch (“Grimm”) is 38. Actress Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”) is 37. Actress Shaunette Renee Wilson (“The Resident”) is 29.