Today in Entertainment History, January 7, 2013


According to the AP, on January seventh:
  • In 1950, country performer Hank Snow made his Grand Ole Opry debut. {}{}
  • In 1954, Muddy Waters recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man" in Chicago. {}{}
  • In 1955, singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. {}{}
  • In 1962, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hit number one on the pop charts for a second time. It had previously hit number one in 1960 for seven weeks. {}{}
  • In 1963, singer Gary "U.S." Bonds sued Chubby Checker for $100,000, claiming that Checker plagiarized his hit "Quarter To Three" for Checker's song "Dancin' Party." The suit was settled out of court. {}{}
  • In 1970, neighbors of New York land owner Max Yasgur sued him for $35,000 for property damage caused by people who attended the Woodstock festival. An estimated 450,000 people attended the three-day event. {}{}
  • In 1974, James Taylor and Carly Simon had their second child, Sarah Martin, in New York. {}{}
  • In 1992, singer Debbie Gibson made her Broadway debut in "Les Miserables" (lay mihz-uhr-AH'-bluh). She played the part of Eponine (EH'-puh-neen). {}{}
  • In 1994, Nirvana played their last U.S. show, at the Seattle Arena. {}{}
  • In 1997, Lionel Hampton's New York apartment caught fire and burned nearly everything he owned. Hampton escaped the fire unhurt. {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • Country singer Jack Greene is 83.{}
  • Keyboardist Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders is 75.{}
  • "Rolling Stone" publisher Jann Wenner is 67.{}
  • Singer Kenny Loggins is 65.{}
  • Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 64.{}
  • Actress Erin Gray ("Silver Spoons," ''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century") is 63.{}
  • Actor David Caruso is 57.{}
  • TV personality Katie Couric is 56.{}
  • Country singer David Lee Murphy is 54.{}
  • Bassist Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's is 54.{}
  • Actress Hallie Todd ("Lizzie McGuire") is 51.{}
  • Actor Nicolas Cage is 49.{}
  • Singer John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting is 48.{}
  • Actor-rapper Doug E. Doug is 44.{}
  • Actor Kevin Rahm ("Judging Amy") is 43.{}
  • Country singer John Rich of Big and Rich is 39.{}
  • Actor Dustin Diamond ("Saved By The Bell") is 36.{}
  • Actress Lauren Cohen ("The Walking Dead") is 31.{}
  • Actor Liam Aiken ("Lemony Snicket") is 23.