Today in Entertainment History, March12, 2013

According to the AP, on March 12th:

  • In 1955, saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker died in New York of heart failure. He was 34. He's known as the inventor of bebop. {}{}
  • In 1958, singer Billie Holiday was given a year's probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse. {}{}
  • In 1969, Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were married in a civil ceremony in London. {}{}
  • Also in 1969, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. {}{}
  • In 1974, John Lennon got into a fight with a photographer outside a club in Los Angeles. Lennon and Harry Nilsson had been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and had been thrown out of the club. {}{}
  • In 1998, Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot. {} {}{}
Today's birthdays:
  • Actress Barbara Feldon ("Get Smart") is 80.{}
  • Singer Al Jarreau is 73.{}
  • Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 67.{}
  • Singer James Taylor is 65.{}
  • Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 64.{}
  • Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 63.{}
  • Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 57.{}
  • Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 56.{}
  • Actor Jerry Levine is 56.{}
  • Actor Courtney B. Vance is 53.{}
  • Actor Titus Welliver ("Deadwood," ''Brooklyn South") is 52.{}
  • Actress Julia Campbell is 50.{}
  • Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 44.{}
  • Actor Samm Levine ("Freaks and Geeks") is 31.{}
  • Actress Kendall Applegate ("Desperate Housewives") is 14.