Today in Entertainment History
On July 18, 1953, Elvis Presley recorded “My Happiness” as a gift for his mother. It was his first recording.
In 1960, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released “The Twist.” The song didn’t take off until Chubby Checker covered it later that year.
In 1966, Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles at the age of 24. The cause of death was not determined.
In 1974, the U.S. Justice Department ordered that John Lennon be deported. A federal appeals court overturned the deportation order in 1975. The following year, Lennon was granted permanent U.S. residency.
In 1991, the first Lollapalooza festival launched in Phoenix. It featured Jane’s Addiction, Living Colour, Siouxsie (SOO’-see) and the Banshees, Henry Rollins and Nine Inch Nails.
In 1992, singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married at her mansion in New Jersey.
In 1993, Rage Against The Machine appeared on the stage at Lollapalooza in Philadelphia wearing nothing but duct tape over their mouths. They stood in silence for 25 minutes to protest the Parents’ Music Resource Center.
Today’s Birthdays: Director Paul Verhoeven (VER’-hoh-ven) (“Basic Instinct,” ″Showgirls”) is 80. Singer Brian Auger is 79. Singer Dion is 79. Actor James Brolin is 78. Singer Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandals is 77. Guitarist Wally Bryson of The Raspberries is 69. Bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs is 64. Actress Audrey Landers (“Dallas”) is 62. Drummer Nigel Twist of The Alarm is 60. Actress Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”) is 57. Keyboardist John Hermann of Widespread Panic is 56. Talk show host/actress Wendy Williams is 54. Actor Vin Diesel is 51. Actor Grant Bowler (“True Blood,” ″Ugly Betty”) is 50. Actor Eddie Matos (“All My Children”) is 46. Rapper M.I.A. is 43. Guitarist Daron Malakian of System Of A Down and of Scars On Broadway is 43. Actress Elsa Pataky (“The Fast and the Furious” films) is 42. Drummer Tony Fagenson of Eve 6 is 40. Actress Kristen Bell is 38. Actor Michiel Huisman (MIHK’-heel HOWS’-man) (“Game of Thrones”) is 37. Singer Ryan Cabrera is 36. Actress Priyanka Chopra (“Quantico”) is 36. Drummer Aaron Gillespie of Underoath is 35. Actor Chace Crawford (“Gossip Girl”) is 33. Bassist Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers is 32. Guitarist Joe Dean Junior of Dailey and Vincent is 29.