Today in Entertainment History
On Oct. 16, 1957, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke was released. It was his first million-seller.
In 1967, Joan Baez and about 120 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to a military center in Oakland, California. They were jailed for ten days.
In 1968, the New Yardbirds played their first concert at a club in London. They later changed their name to Led Zeppelin.
In 1969, Leonard Chess died of a heart attack. He founded Chess Records with his brother Phil in the early 1950s.
In 1972, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival announced they were breaking up.
In 1976, Stevie Wonder’s album “Songs In The Key Of Life” was released.
In 1992, singer Sinead (shuh-NAYD’) O’Connor was booed off the stage at a Madison Square Garden show honoring Bob Dylan’s 30 years of music. The crowd was still reacting to O’Connor’s appearance on Saturday Night Live” two weeks earlier, when she had torn up a picture of the pope.
In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for their first concert tour in two decades, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
In 2007, Ellen DeGeneres opened her talk show in tears because she had adopted a dog and then given it to her hairdresser’s daughters. The dog had been taken away by the adoption agency and DeGeneres felt bad for the girls.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 93. Actor Peter Bowles (“Victoria,” ″Rumpole of the Bailey”) is 82. Actor Barry Corbin (“One Tree Hill,” ″Northern Exposure”) is 78. Bassist C.F. Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 75. Actress Suzanne Somers is 72. Guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 71. Producer-director David Zucker is 71. Actress Martha Smith (“Animal House,” ″Scarecrow and Mrs. King”) is 66. Actor Andy Kindler (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 62. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 60. Guitarist Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 59. Singer Bob Mould (MOLD) (Husker Du) is 58. Actor Randy Vasquez (“JAG”) is 57. Bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 56. Actor Christian Stolte (“Chicago Fire”) is 56. Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove is 49. Actress Terri J. Vaughn (“All of Us,” ″The Steve Harvey Show”) is 49. Singer Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips is 49. Rapper B-Rock of B-Rock and the Bizz is 47. Singer Chad Gray of Mudvayne is 47. Actor Paul Sparks (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 47. Actress Kellie Martin (“Christy,” ″Life Goes On”) is 43. Singer-songwriter John Mayer (MAY’-er) is 41. Actor Jeremy Jackson (“Baywatch”) is 38. Actress Caterina Scorsone (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 38. Actress Brea Grant (“Heroes”) is 37.