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Today in Entertainment History

On Nov. 11, 1958, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters recorded the original version of "The Twist." It became a number-one hit in 1960 after Chubby Checker recorded it.
In 1965, The Velvet Underground made their concert debut at a high school dance in Summit, New Jersey.
In 1969, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was arrested for public drunkenness and for interfering with the flight of an aircraft. Morrison allegedly had annoyed a flight attendant on a trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix. The charges eventually were dropped.
In 1970, Bob Dylan published his book "Tarantula," a collection of narratives and poems.
In 1972, bassist Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. The accident occurred three blocks from the site of a crash that took the life of guitarist Duane Allman a year earlier.
In 1997, Metallica played a free concert in the parking lot of the CoreStates complex in Philadelphia. The band had gone to court and won the right to do so after CoreStates officials bowed to pressure from city council members and neighbors who opposed the show.

  • Today's Birthdays: Country singer Narvel Felts is 83. Guitarist Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge is 76. Keyboardist Jim Peterik (PEE'-ter-ihk) of The Ides of March (and formerly of Survivor) is 71. Singer-keyboardist Paul Cowsill of The Cowsills is 70. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 68. Singer-guitarist Andy Partridge of XTC is 68. Singer Dave Alvin is 66. Synthesizer player Ian Craig Marsh (Human League, Heaven 17) is 65. Actor Stanley Tucci is 61. Actor Demi Moore is 58. Actor Calista Flockhart ("Brothers and Sisters," "Ally McBeal") is 57. Actor Frank John Hughes ("24") is 54. TV personality Carson Kressley ("Queer Eye For The Straight Guy") is 52. Actor David DeLuise ("Wizards of Waverly Place") is 50. Actor Tyler Christopher ("General Hospital") is 49. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 47. Actor Scoot McNairy ("Argo") is 44. "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" musical director Jon Batiste is 35. Actor Christa B. Allen ("Revenge") is 30.