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Today in Entertainment History

Today in Entertainment History

By The Associated Press undefined

  • On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey.
  • In 1960, Tony Williams left The Platters for a solo career. Williams was the lead singer on The Platters' hits "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
  • In 1962, The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. He signed them to a contract the following month.
  • In 1968, the Rolling Stones recorded the song "Sympathy for the Devil."
  • In 1969, Rod Stewart signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records. He had previously sung for the Jeff Beck Group.
  • In 1971, the "Ed Sullivan Show" was canceled after 23 years. It was TV's longest-running variety show.
  • In 1977, Stevie Wonder delivered an unannounced lecture to a class at UCLA studying the record industry.
  • In 1990, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, declared that 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was obscene. Two days later, a record store owner was charged for selling the hit rap album.

Today's Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 83. Country singer Joe Stampley is 79. Jazz pianist Monty Alexander is 78. Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 75. Singer Dwight Twilley is 71. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein (FY'-ur-steen) is 70. Actor-comedian Sandra Bernhard is 67. Actor Amanda Pays is 63. Record producer and musician Jimmy Jam (The Time) is 63. Comedian Colin Quinn is 63. Guitarist Steve Vai (VY) is 62. Singer-bassist Tom Araya of Slayer is 61. Actor Jason Isaacs ("Harry Potter" films) is 59. Bassist Sean Ysealt (ee-SULT') (White Zombie) is 56. Actor Max Casella ("Analyze This," "Doogie Howser, M.D.") is 55. Actor Paul Giamatti is 55. Singer Damion Hall of Guy is 54. Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn is 53. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 49. Singer Uncle Kracker is 48. Actor Sonya Walger ("Lost") is 48. Actor Staci Keanan ("Step By Step," "My Two Dads") is 47. Jazz singer Somi is 46. Actor Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ("Modern Family") is 15.