Today in Entertainment History

On April 24, 1957, Ricky Nelson released his first record, “Teenager’s Romance” backed with a cover of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’.”

In 1958, Dion and the Belmonts’ first single, “I Wonder Why” backed with “Teen Angel,” was released.

In 1961, Bob Dylan made his recording debut, playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special” album. He was paid $50.

In 1969, Muddy Waters recorded the live album “Fathers and Sons,” with host of special guests, including Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield.


In 1972, several people were injured and at least six teenage girls fainted in a stampede prior to a Jethro Tull concert in New York. About 2,500 people rushed the lobby of the concert hall trying to get tickets.

In 1974, comedian Bud Abbott of Abbott and Costello died in Woodland Hills, California. He was 78.

In 1990, the road crew for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd discovered an unexploded World War Two-era bomb while constructing the set for “The Wall” in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.

In 1992, singer David Bowie and fashion model Iman (ee-MAHN’) got married in a secret ceremony in Switzerland. News of the wedding was not announced until more than a week later.

In 2002, singer Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse at her boyfriend’s ranch.

In 2018, rapper Meek Mill was freed from jail after being held for five months on violations on probation from a drug and guns conviction from ten years prior. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered him freed after questions were raised about the credibility of the arresting officer.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 86. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 78. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 77. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 75. Singer Ann Peebles is 73. Actor Eric Bogosian is 67. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 66. Actor Michael O’Keefe (“Roseanne”) is 65. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 63. Actor Glenn Morshower (“24”) is 61. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 57. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 56. Actor Djimon Hounsou (JEYE’-mihn OHN’-soo) (“Blood Diamond,” ”Amistad”) is 56. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 53. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 52. Actor Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) is 52. Actress Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”) is 51. Actor Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”) is 51. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 47. Actor Derek Luke (“Madea Goes To Jail,” ”Friday Night Lights”) is 46. Actor Thad Luckinbill (“12 Strong,” ”The Young and the Restless”) is 45. Actor Eric Balfour (“24”) is 43. Actress Rebecca Mader (“No Ordinary Family,” ”Lost”) is 43. Actress Reagan Gomez (“Queen Sugar,” ”The Parent ‘Hood”) is 40. Actor Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill”) is 40. Actress Sasha Barrese (“The Hangover”) is 39. Singer Kelly Clarkson (“American Idol”) is 38. Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 36. Country singer Carly Pearce is 30. Actor Joe Keery (“Stranger Things”) is 28. Actor Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) is 28. Actor Jordan Fisher (“Liv and Maddie,” ”Rent: Live”) is 26.

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