Today in Entertainment History

On Jan. 10, 1948, future country star Loretta Webb married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, becoming Loretta Lynn. They had met a month earlier. She was 15, he was 21. They stayed married until his death in 1996.

In 1956, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for RCA Records. “Heartbreak Hotel” was among the songs he recorded.

In 1967, National Educational Television, the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting Service, operated as a true network for the first time as it carried President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union address.

In 1976, bluesman Howlin’ Wolf died of cancer in a Chicago-area hospital. He was 65. He was a major influence on musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.

In 1981, the production of “Pirates of Penzance,” starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, moved to Broadway after successfully playing the New York Shakespeare Festival.

In 1989, Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” video was released. Jackson played a superhero in the video, which included a lengthy fantasy segment set to the song “Smooth Criminal.”

In 1991, Clint Black joined the Grand Ole Opry.

In 2000, Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Cypher, revealed David Crosby was the father of their two children by artificial insemination.

In 2009, singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas married actor Josh Duhamel (doo-MEHL’) at a vineyard in Malibu, California. They separated in 2017.

In 2016, musician David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 86. Actor William Sanderson (“Deadwood,” ″Newhart”) is 77. Singer Rod Stewart is 76. Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 73. Singer Pat Benatar is 68. Guitarist Michael Schenker (Scorpions) is 66. Singer Shawn Colvin is 65. Singer-guitarist Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 62. Actor Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”) is 60. Singer Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 57. Actor Trini Alvarado is 54. Singer Brent Smith of Shinedown is 43. Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 42.

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