Today in Entertainment History
On Jan. 20, 1965, disc jockey Alan Freed died of kidney and liver disease in Palm Springs, California. He was 42. He's credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll."
In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opry officials allowed him to perform as long as he didn't use profanities and played only country music. By the end of the set, Lewis broke both agreements.
In 1982, singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. He claimed he thought it was a toy thrown to him by an audience member.
In 1984, Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic champion who went on to movie stardom as "Tarzan," died in Acapulco, Mexico, at age 79.
In 1988, Beach Boy Mike Love hurled insults at Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger while the Beach Boys were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1990, actor Barbara Stanwyck, known for her role on "The Big Valley," died of heart failure. She was 82.
Also in 1990, comedians Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold were married. They have since split up.
In 1993, actor Audrey Hepburn died of cancer in Switzerland at the age of 63.
In 1998, singer Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba said on the TV show "Politically Incorrect" that the band advocated fans stealing copies of their album. Virgin Megastores reacted by pulling their albums from the shelves and putting them behind the counters.
In 2012, singer Etta James died of complications from leukemia at the age of 73.
- Today's Birthdays: Singer Eric Stewart (10cc, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) is 77. Director David Lynch is 76. Drummer George Grantham of Poco is 75. Guitarist Paul Stanley of Kiss is 70. Bassist Ian Hill of Judas Priest is 70. TV host Bill Maher (MAR) ("Politically Incorrect") is 66. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 64. Actor James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") is 59. Bassist Greg K. of The Offspring is 57. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 57. Actor Rainn Wilson ("The Office") is 56. Actor Stacey Dash ("Clueless") is 55. Actor Reno Wilson ("Mike and Molly") is 53. Singer Edwin McCain is 52. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 52. Drummer Questlove of The Roots is 51. Drummer Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park is 43. Singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee is 38. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 37. Singer Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is 36. Actor Evan Peters ("American Horror Story") is 35.