AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On July 10, 1950, “Your Hit Parade” premiered on NBC.
In 1967, contracts for Kenny Rogers and other members of the New Christy Minstrels expired. They then formed a new band called The First Edition. It released its first album later in the year and had hits with songs like “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”
In 1968, guitarist Eric Clapton announced the breakup of Cream. The band played a farewell concert later in the year.
In 1974, David Bowie recorded his two-night stand in Philadelphia that was later released as “David Live.”
In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion dating back to 1973.
In 1986, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia lapsed into a diabetic coma. He was released from the hospital a few weeks later.
In 1997, singer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders married Colombian sculptor Lucho Brieva in London.
In 2000, Diana Ross announced the cancellation of the rest of The Supremes’ “reunion” tour, which featured Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence. They were in The Supremes after Ross had left the group.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Smithers (“Dallas,” ″Peyton Place”) is 91. Composer Jerry Herman (“Hello Dolly”) is 87. Singer Mavis Staples is 79. Actor Mills Watson (“B.J. and the Bear,” ″Lobo”) is 78. Actor Robert Pine (“CHiPS”) is 77. Guitarist Jerry Miller of Moby Grape is 75. Actress Sue Lyon is 72. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 71. Bassist Dave Smalley of The Raspberries is 69. Singer Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys is 64. Banjo player Bela Fleck of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is 60. Actress Fiona Shaw (“True Blood,” ″Harry Potter” films) is 60. Drummer Shaw Wilson of BR549 is 58. Country singer Ken Mellons is 53. Guitarist Peter DiStefano of Porno for Pyros is 53. Actor Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty” ″Half & Half”) is 53. Actor Gale Harold (“Hellcats”) is 49. Country singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH’) of Rascal Flatts is 48. Actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) is 46. Singer Imelda May is 44. Actor Adrian Grenier (grehn-YAY’) (“Entourage,” ″Cecil B. DeMented”) is 42. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (CHOO’-ih-tehl EHJ’-ee-oh-for) (“12 Years a Slave”) is 41. Actress Gwendoline Yeo (“Desperate Housewives”) is 41. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (“American Pie”) is 38. Singer Jessica Simpson is 38. Bassist John Spiker of Filter is 37. Actress Heather Hemmens (“Hellcats”) is 34. Rapper-singer Angel Haze is 27. Singer Perrie Edwards of Little Mix is 25.