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AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History

April 23, 2020 GMT

On April 23, 1956, Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut, opening for comedian Shecky Greene. Presley’s engagement was canceled after a week because of poor ticket sales, and he didn’t return to Vegas for 13 years.

In 1969, the Los Angeles club the Ash Grove was destroyed by fire. Many artists, like Canned Heat and the Chambers Brothers, got their starts there.

In 1975, Peter Ham of Badfinger hanged himself. He was reported to have been depressed about the band’s financial problems. He was 27.

In 1987, singer Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. She claimed she was owed more than $400,000 in royalties and demanded the rights to her old recordings.

In 1991, guitarist Johnny Thunders of The New York Dolls died of a drug overdose in New Orleans. He was 40.

In 1996, actress Margot Kidder was found dazed and disheveled, hiding in bushes in a stranger’s yard in Los Angeles after disappearing for three days.

In 2002, Jerry Lee Lewis announced he and his sixth wife, Kerrie, were divorcing after 17 years of marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor David Birney is 81. Actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”) is 81. Actress Blair Brown is 73. Actress Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”) is 71. Actor James Russo is 67. Director Michael Moore is 66. Actress Judy Davis is 65. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 60. Actor Craig Sheffer (“One Tree Hill,” ″Into the West”) is 60. Comedian George Lopez is 59. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (kah-nah-KAH’-ree-deez) (“The Resident,” “Providence”) is 53. Drummer Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray is 52. Guitarist Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert is 52. Actor Scott Bairstow (BEHR’-stow) (“Party of Five”) is 50. Actor John Lutz (“30 Rock”) is 47. Musicians Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National are 44. Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena (SEE’-nah) (“The Marine”) is 43. Actor-comedian John Oliver is 43. Actor Kal Penn (“House M.D.,” “Harold and Kumar”) is 43. Singer Taio (TY’-oh) Cruz is 37. Actor Jesse Lee Soffer (“Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire”) is 36. Guitarist Anthony LaMarca of The War On Drugs is 33. Actor Dev Patel (puh-TEHL’) (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 30. Actor Matthew Underwood (“Zoey 101”) is 30. Model Gigi Hadid is 25. Musicians Jake and Josh Kiszka (KIS’-kah) of Greta Van Fleet are 24. Actor Charlie Rowe (“Salvation”) is 24.