On May 20, 1954, Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” was released. It didn’t catch on until it appeared on the soundtrack of “Blackboard Jungle” the following year.
In 1966, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who started a concert in Windsor, England, without bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. When they finally showed up, Townshend hit Moon over the head with his guitar. Moon quit the band, but he was back a week later.
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix signed his first U.S. recording contract, with Reprise (rih-PREEZ’) Records.
In 1971, Peter Cetera (seh-TAYR’-ah) of the band Chicago was beaten by several men at a baseball game, apparently because they didn’t like the length of his hair.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor David Proval (“The Sopranos”) is 79. Singer-actor Cher is 75. Actor Dave Thomas (“Grace Under Fire,” ″SCTV”) is 73. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 71. Actor Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 65. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin (WEED’-lin) of The Go-Go’s is 63. Actor Bronson Pinchot (PIN’-choh) is 62. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 62. Actor John Billingsley (“True Blood,” ″Enterprise”) is 61. Actor Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) is 61. Singer Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 is 60. TV personality Ted Allen (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) is 56. Actor Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) is 55. Guitarist Tom Gorman of Belly is 55. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 49. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 46. Actor Matt Czuchry (zoo-KREE’) (“The Good Wife,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 44. Singer-actor Naturi (nah-TUR’-ee) Naughton (3LW) is 37. Country singer Jon Pardi is 36.