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February 5, 2018

On Feb. 5, 1940, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “Tuxedo Junction” for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label.

In 1957, Bill Haley and His Comets were mobbed by fans when they arrived in London for a tour.

In 1972, Paul Simon released his first solo single following his breakup with Art Garfunkel. The song, “Mother and Child Reunion,” became a top five hit.

In 1992, a blues band accompanied Willie Dixon’s funeral procession in Chicago. Dixon died of heart failure about a week earlier.

In 1996, actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from her seventh husband, Larry Fortensky, citing irreconcilable differences.

In 1998, guitarist Tim Kelly of Slaughter was killed in a traffic accident in northwest Arizona. He was 34.

In 2001, actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman announced their separation after eleven years of marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Stuart Damon is 81. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 77. Actor David Selby (“Dark Shadows,” ″Falcon Crest”) is 77. Singer Al Kooper is 74. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 72. Actress Barbara Hershey is 70. Actor-director-comedian Christopher Guest is 70. Actor Tom Wilkinson (“Selma”) is 70. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”) is 57. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 56. Actress Laura Linney is 54. Bassist Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver (and Guns N’ Roses) is 54. Actor Chris Parnell is 51. Singer Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors is 50. Singer Bobby Brown is 49. Actor Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex,” ″Frost/Nixon,” ″Twilight” films) is 49. Actor David Chisum (“Black Box,” ″One Life to Live”) is 48. Country singer Sara Evans is 47. Country singer Tyler Farr is 34. Keyboardist Mark Shusterman of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 33. Actor Darren Criss (“Glee”) is 31. Keyboardist Kyle Simmons of Bastille is 30. Actor Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights,” ″Peter Pan”) is 29. Drummer Graham Sierota (sih-ROH’-tah) of Echosmith is 19.

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