Today in Entertainment History
On March 18, 1965, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones were arrested for urinating on the wall of a gas station. The owner wouldn’t let them use the restroom.
In 1970, Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish was fined $500 for leading a Massachusetts audience in the so-called “Fish Cheer.”
In 1978, Ontario, California, hosted the California Jam Two concert, which included performances by Aerosmith, Heart, Ted Nugent, Dave Mason and Santana.
In 1982, singer Teddy Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash in Philadelphia.
Also in 1982, XTC singer Andy Partridge walked off stage during a concert in Paris after only 30 seconds. He had long suffered from stage fright. The group only played one more show ever, in San Diego.
In 1993, comedian Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell were married in New York. They divorced in 2006.
Also in 1993, a report by a team of child abuse experts in Connecticut cleared Woody Allen of charges he molested his 7-year-old adopted daughter. Allen’s former girlfriend, Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting the child.
In 1994, the Rolling Stones announced Darryl Jones as the replacement for Bill Wyman on bass. Wyman had said he would no longer tour with the group.
Also in 1994, police confiscated ammunition and four guns from singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. His wife, Courtney Love, had called authorities because she was afraid Cobain was contemplating suicide.
In 1996, the Sex Pistols announced they were reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
In 1997, Taylor Hawkins replaced William Goldsmith as drummer for the Foo Fighters. Goldsmith left over creative differences.
In 2001, singer John Philips of The Mamas and The Papas died of heart failure at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 65.
In 2017, musician Chuck Berry died at the age of 90 at his home outside St. Louis.
Today’s Birthdays: Composer John Kander (“Chicago”) is 92. Country singer Charley Pride is 85. Country singer Margie Bowes is 78. Actor Kevin Dobson (“Knots Landing”) is 76. Actor Brad Dourif (“Deadwood,” ″Lord of the Rings”) is 69. Singer Irene Cara is 60. Keyboardist Karen Grotberg of The Jayhawks is 60. Actor Geoffrey Owens (“The Cosby Show”) is 58. TV personality Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”) is 57. Singer-actress Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” ″Ugly Betty”) is 56. Keyboardist Scott Saunders of Sons of the Desert is 55. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is 53. Rapper-actress Queen Latifah is 49. Comedian Dane Cook (“Employee of the Month”) is 47. Singer Philip Sweet of Little Big Town is 45. Singers Evan and Jaron Lowenstein of Evan and Jaron are 45. Actress Sutton Foster (“Bunheads”) is 44. Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 42. Singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is 40. Drummer Daren Taylor of Airborne Toxic Event is 39. Actor Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”) is 37. Actor Cornelius Smith Jr. (“Scandal”) is 37. Actor Duane Henry (“NCIS”) is 34. Actress Julia Goldani Telles (“Bunheads”) is 24. Actor Blake Garrett Rosenthal (“Mom”) is 15.