Today in Entertainment History
On June 20, 1948, the TV variety show “Toast of the Town” premiered. It later changed its name to the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
Also in 1948, Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” routine was first seen the film “Naughty 90′s.”
In 1977, Steve Winwood released his first solo album, called “Steve Winwood.”
In 1980, “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” became Billy Joel’s first number-one hit.
In 1996, the first Furthur Festival kicked off in Atlanta. It was the first time the members of the Grateful Dead toured together since the death of singer Jerry Garcia.
Also in 1996, Paul Anka ended a Las Vegas concert early after he spit the crown of his tooth into the audience. He later sued his dentist for malpractice.
In 1997, singer Lawrence Payton of the Four Tops died of liver cancer in Detroit. He was 59.
In 2011, singer Leslie West of Mountain had an emergency amputation of his leg while on tour in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Bonnie Bartlett (“St. Elsewhere,” ″Once and Again”) is 89. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 87. Actor Danny Aiello is 85. Musician Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 76. Actor John McCook (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 74. Singer Anne Murray is 73. Home repair show host Bob Vila is 72. Singer Lionel Richie is 69. Actor John Goodman is 66. Bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) is 64. Bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran is 58. Keyboardist Mark degli Antoni (Soul Coughing) is 56. Guitarist Jerome Fontamillas of Switchfoot is 51. Bassist Murphy Karges (KAR’-gis) of Sugar Ray is 51. Actress Nicole Kidman is 51. Singer Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station is 51. Actor Peter Paige (“Queer as Folk”) is 49. Actor Josh Lucas (“Sweet Home Alabama,” ″A Beautiful Mind”) is 47. Bassist Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) is 47. Singer Chino (CHEE’-noh) Moreno is 45. Singer Amos Lee is 41. Drummer Chris Thompson of The Eli Young Band is 38. Singer-actress Alisan Porter (“The Voice,” ″Curly Sue”) is 37. Singer Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is 35. Keyboardist Chris Dudley of Underoath is 35. Actor Mark Saul (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 33. Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse (plahs) (“Superbad”) is 29.