Today’s Birthdays, Music History and Entertainment Notes
Hollywood Brew Ha Ha; weddings, babies, season finales and yet another Dylan movie in the works. Plus Buddy Holly is how old? Wait, not Buddy Holly, the guy who played Buddy Holly! OMG! And what year was the final show for the Jimi Hendrix Experience?
–January Jones aka Betty Draper of Mad Men, she’s pregnant (gee I wonder how they’ll write that into the script?)
Her TV husband Jon Hamm (Don Draper) signed on for three more seasons of Mad Men.
–America Ferrera (now that’s a great, memorable Hollywood name) married her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Piers Williams, Monday night. BTW, America stars in Ugly Betty.
Season Finale of “the Voice” tonight (wow, already?), 7pm on WPMI 15
The four finallists come from coaches Blake Shelton (who’s wife Miranda Lambert will perform tonight), Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green.
Also set to perform Pat Monahan of train, Stevie Nicks, Ryan of One Republic
New project for the Coen Brothers: Movie about Bob Dylan and friend Dave Von Ronk. Script based on folksinger Von Ronk’s memoirs The Mayor of MacDougal Street. (LA Times)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2U....
Robert Evans (producer The Godfather) is 81
Gary Busey (actor, played Buddy Holly) is 67
Richard Lewis (comedian) is 64
Ian Paice (Deep Purple) drummer) is 63
Fred Grandy (Love Boat, actor/congressman/radio host) is 63
Don Dokken (singer of Dokken) is 58
Colin Hay (singer Men at Work) is 58
Maria Conchita Alonso (actress) is 54
Evelyn “Champagne” King (singer) is 51
Sharon Lawrence (actress) is 50
Stedman Pearson (Five Star singer) is 47
DJ Shadow (Mixologist/Producer/DJ) is 39 — it is said that he owns over 60,000 records!
Todd Sansom (country guitarist) is 33
Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls singer) is 33
MUSIC HISTORY TODAY
In 1966…500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd when The Beatles played Tokyo.
In 1967…Two days after Mick Jagger was found guilty of drug possession and jailed, Keith Richards went to trial on similar charges stemming from a raid on his home. The judge found him guilty of allowing his house to be used for smoking cannabis and sentenced him to a year in jail. Jagger was also sentenced to three months in jail. Their sentences were later suspended following a public outcry.
In 1968…Pink Floyd released A Saucerful of Secrets. The band celebrated by performing a free show in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and T. Rex.
In 1969…The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together at the Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium.
In 1974…There was a change in the lineup of Rush as Neal Peart replaced John Rustey on the drum stool.
In 1975…Folk singer Tim Buckley, the father of Jeff Buckley, died of a heroin overdose.
In 1975…In Oakland, California, Elton John joined The Doobie Brothers on stage to duet on “Listen to the Music.” Then, when The Eagles tried to play their set, John crashed their party to duet on another song.
In 1978…Peter Frampton was seriously injured in a car accident in the Bahamas.
In 1985…Mick Jagger and David Bowie recorded “Dancing in the Street” in a mere 12 hours. The single later went to number seven in the United States.
In 1991…Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind went straight into the album chart at number one.
In 1994…Barbra Streisand reaped 16-million dollars for a series of Madison Square Gardenshows, which set a record for the largest-grossing concert stand.
In 1998…George Harrison announced that he was having treatments for throat cancer and said,“I’m not going to die on you folks just yet.”
In 1999…Jewel forgot the words to “Little Sister” while performing in Mountain View, California, so she read them from a CD booklet held up by a fan.
In 2000…Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checked into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It was believed Wood was hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
In 2000…Vandals pulled Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but were unable to open it. Guitarist Steve Gaines’ ashes were also spilled during the rampage. Both Van Zant and Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
In 2006…DMX was sentenced to jail in White Plains, New York after he was a no show at a traffic violation hearing. Bail for the rap superstar was set at 25-thousand dollars.