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AM Prep-Today in Entertainment History

January 28, 2019

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

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Stuart Damon is 82. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 78. Actor David Selby (“Dark Shadows,” ″Falcon Crest”) is 78. Singer Al Kooper is 75. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 73. Actress Barbara Hershey is 71. Actor-director-comedian Christopher Guest is 71. Actor Tom Wilkinson (“Selma”) is 71. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”) is 58. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 57. Actress Laura Linney is 55. Bassist Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver (and Guns N’ Roses) is 55. Actor Chris Parnell is 52. Singer Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors is 51. Singer Bobby Brown is 50. Actor Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex,” ″Frost/Nixon,” ″Twilight” films) is 50. Actor David Chisum (“Black Box,” ″One Life to Live”) is 49. Country singer Sara Evans is 48. Country singer Tyler Farr is 35. Keyboardist Mark Shusterman of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 34. Actor Darren Criss (“Glee”) is 32. Actor Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) is 32. Keyboardist Kyle Simmons of Bastille is 31. Actor Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights,” ″Peter Pan”) is 30. Drummer Graham Sierota (sih-ROH’-tah) of Echosmith is 20.

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