On May 8, 1961, Ricky Nelson celebrated his 21st birthday by officially changing his stage name to Rick.
In 1965, Bob Dylan was making one of the earliest music videos when he was making a commercial for his single, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. It shows him leafing through cards with words and short sentences in an alley in London.
In 1968 George D. Hay died. He was the originator of the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts on WSM in Nashville. The program, originally called “Scheunentanz”, was first broadcast on November 28, 1925.
In 1972, Billy Preston became the first rock performer to make headlines at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
In 1981 Loverboy’s debut album was awarded gold in the United States
In 1990, a Los Angeles judge ordered Frito-Lay and an advertising agency to pay singer Tom Waits nearly $ 2.5 million. The agency had hired a Waits copycat to sing a jingle for Frito-Lay’s Corn Chips.
In 1991, Epic Records released Pearl Jam’s first US promo single with the songs “Alive” and “Wash” and a cover of “I’m Got A Feeling” by the Beatles.
In 1992 Genesis opened its “We Can’t Dance” tour in Irving, Texas.
In 1996, actress Julie Andrews turned down her Tony nomination for Victor / Victoria to protest against her “overlooked colleagues,” including her husband, director Blake Edwards.
In 1999, Diff’rent Strokes actress Dana Plato died of an apparent accidental drug overdose in Moore, Oklahoma. She was 34 years old.
In 2010, Betty White hosted “Saturday Night Live” after it was advertised on Facebook by fans.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Toni Tennille is 81 years old. Country singer Jack Blanchard is 79 years old. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is 76 years old. The actor Mark Blankfield (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”) is 73 years old. Drummer Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club is 70. Singer Philip Bailey (solo and with Earth, Wind and Fire) is 70. Country musician Billy Burnette is 68. Drummer Alex Van Halen of Van Halen is 68th actor David Keith is 67. Actor Raoul Max Trujillo (troo-HEE’-yoh) (“Mayan’s MC”) is 66 years old. The NFL Today commentator and former NFL coach Bill Cowher (COW’er) is 64 years old. Actress Melissa Gilbert is 57 years old. Drummer Dave Rowntree of Blur is 57. Drummer Del Gray from Little Texas is 53. Singer Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) is 49. Singer Enrique Iglesias is 46. Singer Joe Bonamassa is 44. Actor Matt Davis (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 43. Actor Domhnall (DOH’-nal) Gleason (“Peter Rabbit”, “Unbroken”) is 38. Drummer Patrick Meese of Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats is 38. Actor Julia Wh elan (WAY’-lan) (“Always and again and again “) is 37.
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