Entertainment History

January 12, 2008 6:22:37 AM PST
1963, Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called "The Madhouse of Castle Street" and he played a folk singer.

In 1965, the rock and roll T-V series "Hullabaloo" opened on NBC. Featured acts included the New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen.

In 1966, "Batman" opened on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC's "Tarzan." They played a group of nuns.

In 1971, the TV situation comedy "All in the Family" opened on CBS.

In 1981, "Dynasty" opened on ABC.

In 1991, country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck's sentence.

In 1993, the original members of Cream reunited to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. The band members were inducted, along with Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.

In 1995, members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored.

In 2000, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne's wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign "due to medical reasons -- Billy Corgan was making me sick!"

In 2003, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ray Price is 82. Singer Glenn Yarborough is 78. Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 69. Trumpeter Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone is 62. Singer-keyboardist George Duke is 62. Actor Anthony Andrews is 60. Actress Kirstie Alley is 57. Political commentator Rush Limbaugh is 57. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 56. Radio personality Howard Stern is 54. Drummer Tom Ardolino of NRBQ is 51. News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 50. Keyboardist Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows is 48. Actor Oliver Platt is 48. Singer -filmmaker Rob Zombie is 42. Rapper TBird of B-Rock and the Bizz is 41. Model Vendela is 41. Actress Farrah Forke ("Wings") is 40. Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is 38. Rapper Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan is 38. Singer Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay is 35. Bassist Matt Wong of Reel Big Fish is 35. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 34. Singer Amerie is 28.


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