Today in Entertainment History, December 4, 2012

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According to the AP, these events happened on December fourth:

  • In 1944, country singer Eddy Arnold made his first recordings in Nashville. {}{}
  • In 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins made a series of impromptu recordings in Memphis at Sun Records. They were released 25 years later under the title "The Million Dollar Quartet." {}{}
  • In 1965, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was knocked unconscious when his guitar touched an ungrounded microphone during a concert in Sacramento, California. He still managed to finish the show. {}{}
  • In 1976, actress Elizabeth Taylor married Senator John Warner of Virginia. {}{}
  • In 1980, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would not re-form after the death of drummer John Bonham. {}{}
  • In 1989, the Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that said Prince did not steal the song "U Got the Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written. {}{}
  • In 1990, Madonna appeared on ABC's "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video, which was banned by MTV. She denied the video's explicit content was meant to stir up controversy and get publicity. {}{}
  • In 1991, Van Halen performed a free show in Dallas. Lead singer Sammy Hagar had promised to do the show because he had lost his voice during a concert in Dallas three and a half years earlier. {}{}
  • In 1993, musician Frank Zappa died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52. {}{}
  • In 1997, the band Dinosaur Jr. broke up. They have since reformed. {} {}{}
Today's birthdays:
  • Actress-singer Deanna Durbin is 91.{}
  • Game show host Wink Martindale is 79.{}
  • Singer Freddy Cannon is 76.{}
  • Actor-producer-director Max Baer Junior ("The Beverly Hillbillies") is 75.{}
  • Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 70.{}
  • Singer-bassist Chris Hillman (The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers) is 68.{}
  • Singer Southside Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes is 64.{}
  • Actor Jeff Bridges is 63.{}
  • Guitarist Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington Collins Band) is 61.{}
  • Actress Patricia Wettig is 61.{}
  • Drummer Brian Prout of Diamond Rio is 57.{}
  • Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 57.{}
  • Bassist Bob Griffin of The BoDeans is 53.{}
  • Singer Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge is 50.{}
  • Actress Chelsea Noble ("Growing Pains," ''Kirk") is 48.{}
  • Actress Marisa Tomei is 48.{}
  • Comedian Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live") is 46.{}
  • Rapper Jay-Z is 43.{}
  • Actor Kevin Sussman ("Ugly Betty") is 42.{}
  • Model Tyra Banks is 39.{}
  • Country singer Lila McCann is 31.{}
  • Actress Lindsay Felton is 28.{}
  • Actor Orlando Brown is 25.