Today in Entertainment History

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for Sun Records. The result was his first single “That’s All Right” backed by “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

In 1956, Billie Holiday’s autobiography, “Lady Sings The Blues,” was published.

In 1965, the Rolling Stones held their first American recording session, at a studio in Los Angeles.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones held a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Mick Jagger read poetry in memory of the late Brian Jones.


In 1975, the Knebworth Pop Festival was held near London, with Pink Floyd as the headliner.

In 1978, the EMI Record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the cover for the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls” album after some celebrities shown in the cover’s mock wigs advertisement complained.

In 1983, bandleader and musician Harry James died in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 67.

In 1994, Hootie and the Blowfish released the album “Cracked Rear View.”

In 1997, the first Lilith Fair opened in George, Washington. Musician Sarah McLachlan founded the festival, which featured female musicians and female-led bands.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Shirley Knight is 83. Musician Robbie Robertson is 76. Singer Huey Lewis is 69. Country keyboardist Charles Ventre of River Road is 67. Singer Marc Cohn is 60. Actor Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers,” ”Sister, Sister”) is 57. Actress Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Sopranos”) is 56. Actress Kathryn Erbe (er-BEE’) (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”) is 54. Rapper RZA (RIH’-zah) is 50. Singer Joe is 46. Drummer Bengt Lagerberg of The Cardigans is 46. Rapper Bizarre of D12 is 43. Rapper Royce da 5’9″ is 42. Singer Jason Wade of Lifehouse is 39. Musician Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is 37. Bassist Nick O’Malley of Arctic Monkeys is 34. Actor Jason Dolley (“Cory in the House”) is 28.

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