AM Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On June 21, 1955, Johnny Cash released his first single, “Hey, Porter.”
In 1958, Bobby Darin recorded his first hit, “Splish Splash.”
In 1966, the Rolling Stones sued 14 New York hotels that had banned them. They claimed the move hurt their careers.
In 1970, Pete Townshend was detained at the Memphis Airport because he used the British slang term “bomb” to describe the success of The Who rock opera “Tommy.” The FBI thought it was a bomb threat.
In 1973, Bread performed for the last time, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1979, guitarist Mick Taylor released his first solo album, four years after leaving the Rolling Stones.
In 1981, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker formally dissolved Steely Dan. They reunited in 1993.
In 1994, singer George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony. He claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn’t be commercially successful.
In 1998, actor Macauley Culkin married actress Rachel Miner. They have since separated.
In 2001, bluesman John Lee Hooker died of natural causes at his home outside San Francisco. He was 83. That same day, actor Carroll O’Connor died of a heart attack at a hospital near Los Angeles. He was 76.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bernie Kopell (koh-PEL’) (“The Love Boat”) is 85. Actor Monte Markham is 83. Actress Mariette Hartley is 78. Comedian Joe Flaherty (“SCTV”) is 77. Musician Ray Davies of The Kinks is 74. Actress Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) is 71. Actor Michael Gross (“Family Ties”) is 71. Guitarist Joey Molland of Badfinger is 71. Drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith is 68. Guitarist Nils Lofgren is 67. Cartoonist Berke Breathed (“Opus,” ″Bloom County”) is 61. Country singer Kathy Mattea (muh-TAY’-uh) is 59. Actor Marc Copage (coh-PAJ’) (“Julia”) is 56. Actor Doug Savant (“Desperate Housewives,” ″Melrose Place”) is 54. Guitarist Porter Howell of Little Texas is 54. Actress Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”) is 51. Country singer Allison Moorer is 46. Actress Juliette Lewis is 45. Actress Maggie Siff (“Mad Men”) is 44. Bassist Justin Cary (Sixpence None The Richer) is 43. Guitarist Mike Einziger of Incubus is 42. Actor Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” ″Guardians of the Galaxy”) is 39. Singer Brandon Flowers of The Killers is 37. Actor Jussie Smollett (“Empire”) is 36. Actor Michael Malarkey (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 35. Singer Kris Allen (“American Idol”) is 33. Singer Lana Del Rey is 33. Bassist Chandler Baldwin of LANCO is 26. Singer Rebecca Black is 21.