AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On June 12, 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis’ single “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” entered the Billboard country and western chart. The next week, the record made its debut on the Billboard pop chart as well.
In 1959, police in New York raided a hospital room where Billie Holiday was being treated for a kidney infection and cirrhosis of the liver. They found an envelope of heroin and charged her with possession.
In 1963, the movie “Cleopatra” made its premiere in New York City. It starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
In 1964, The Zombies held their first recording session.
In 1965, The Rolling Stones released the single ”(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
Also in 1965, The Beatles were awarded the M.B.E. -- “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.” Some medal holders were so upset by the choice of recipients that they returned theirs.
In 1979, the New Jersey state legislature adopted Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born to Run” as its unofficial Youth Rock Anthem.
In 1982, about one million people rallied for nuclear disarmament in New York. Several celebrities attended, including Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.
In 1989, Graceland opened the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, an exhibit of 20 of Elvis’ cars.
In 1999, actress Courtney Cox married actor David Arquette in San Francisco. They divorced in 2013.
In 2001, a three-mile stretch of Highway 92 in Hiram, Georgia, was renamed “Travis Tritt Highway.”
Today’s Birthdays: Disney composer Richard Sherman is 92. Jazz musician Chick Corea (koh-REE’-ah) is 79. Sports announcer Marv Albert is 79. Singer Len Barry is 78. Actor Roger Aaron Brown (“The District”) is 71. Actress Sonia Manzano (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 70. Drummer Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is 69. Country singer-guitarist Junior Brown is 68. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 67. Actor Timothy Busfield is 63. Singer Meredith Brooks is 62. Actress Jenilee Harrison (“Dallas,” ″Three’s Company”) is 62. Accordionist-keyboardist John Linnell of They Might Be Giants is 61. Actor John Enos (“Days of Our Lives,” ″Young and the Restless”) is 58. Rapper Grandmaster Dee of Whodini is 58. Actor Paul Schulze (SHUL’-zee) (“Nurse Jackie”) is 58. Actor Eamonn (AY’-mon) Walker (“Chicago Fire,” ″Cadillac Records”) is 58. Bassist Bardi Martin (Candlebox) is 51. Actor Rick Hoffman (“Suits”) is 50. Actor-comedian Finesse Mitchell (“Roadies,” ″Saturday Night Live”) is 48. Actor Jason Mewes (“Clerks”) is 46. Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 43. Actor Timothy Simons (“Veep”) is 42. Actor Wil Horneff (“The Yearling”) is 41. Singer Robyn is 41. Singer-guitarist John Gourley of Portgual. The Man is 39. Country singer Chris Young is 35. Actor Luke Youngblood (“Galavant”) is 34.