Today in Entertainment History
On June 17, 1965, The Kinks arrived in New York for their first American tour.
In 1967, Moby Grape released five singles simultaneously in their debut with the CBS label.
In 1968, the Ohio Express got their first gold single with “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.”
In 1978, Jefferson Starship failed to perform at a festival in Germany because singer Grace Slick was unable to go onstage. Angry fans started a riot and caused over a million dollars in damage.
In 1989, Ringo Starr announced he would tour again for the first time in several years. His first All-Starr Band included Clarence Clemons, Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, and Nils Lofgren.
In 2000, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson married Kristin Willits in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 2005, Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller (MYOO’-ler) died of throat cancer in Minneapolis. He was 41.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus (TV’s “Mission: Impossible”) is 86. Actor William Lucking (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 77. Singer Barry Manilow is 75. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 67. Actor Mark Linn-Baker (“Perfect Strangers”) is 64. Singer Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) is 60. Director Bobby Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary”) is 60. Actor Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” ″Wings,” ″Ned and Stacy”) is 57. Actor Greg Kinnear (kin-EAR’) is 55. Actress Kami Cotler (“The Waltons”) is 53. Actor Jason Patric is 52. Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 49. Actor-comedian Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”) is 48. Actor Arthur Darvill (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 36. Actress Jodie Whittaker (“Doctor Who”) is 36. Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 35. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is 31.