Today in Entertainment History, January 15, 2013

According to the AP, on January 15th:

  • In 1964, Johnny Rivers began a year-long stint as the spotlight artist at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. He helped turn the club into a hot spot, and about six weeks later his hit album "Johnny Rivers At The Whisky A Go-Go" would be recorded. {}{}
  • In 1967, the Rolling Stones appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" to sing "Let's Spend The Night Together." To satisfy censors, Mick Jagger sang "Let's spend some TIME together." {}{}
  • In 1974, the TV sitcom "Happy Days" premiered on ABC. {}{}
  • Also in 1974, Brownsville Station got a gold record for their only hit, "Smokin' in the Boys' Room." {}{}
  • In 1982, singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band was seriously injured in a car accident in Miami. He spent most of the year recovering. {}{}
  • In 1987, actor Ray Bolger died. He was 83. He's probably best known for playing the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz." {}{}
  • In 1991, Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nations' midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990s. {}{}
  • In 1992, Johnny Cash, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Isley Brothers were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. {}{}
  • In 1994, singer Harry Nilsson died of heart disease in Agoura Hills, California. He was 52. {}{}
  • In 2005, NBC held an all-star telethon to raise money for victims of a tsunami in south Asia. Performers included Madonna, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Nelly and Eric Clapton. {} {}{}
Today's birthdays:{}
  • Actress Margaret O'Brien ("Meet Me In St. Louis") is 76.{}
  • Actress Andrea Martin is 66.{}
  • Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 56.{}
  • Actor James Nesbitt ("Waking Ned Devine") is 48.{}
  • Singer Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam is 46.{}
  • Actor Chad Lowe is 45.{}
  • Actress Regina King is 42.{}
  • Actor Eddie Cahill ("CSI: New York") is 35.{}
  • Rapper Pitbull is 32.{}
  • Electronic musician Skrillex is 25.{}