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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

IT HAPPENED IN 1939:Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood" with the Harry James Orchestra. Photo: Associated Press

JULY 12

1962: The Rolling Stones played their first gig at a club in London. The lineup of the band included Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards. Drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman joined later.

1969: “The Ballad of John and Yoko” was banned by many radio stations because they found the line “Christ, you know it ain’t easy” to be offensive.

1970: Johnny Cash sent autographed records and photos to South Dakota Judge S.K. Hicks, who claimed to be the inspiration for Johnny Cash’s single “A Boy Named Sue.”

1975: K.C. and the Sunshine Band made their pop chart debut with “Get Down Tonight.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 77. Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 71. Actress Denise Nicholas (“In the Heat of the Night”) is 70. Actor Jay Thomas is 66. Singer Walter Egan is 66. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 66. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 63. Actress Mel Harris (“thirtysomething”) is 58. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 58. Guitarist Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum is 52. Singer Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms is 49. Actress Lisa Nicole Carson (“Ally McBeal”) is 45. Country singer Shannon Lawson is 41. Rapper Magoo is 41. Actress Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) is 38. Singer Tracie Spencer is 38. Actor Steve Howey (“Reba”) is 37. Actor Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”) is 36. Actress Michelle Rodriguez (“Lost”) is 36. Singer-guitarist Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry is 31. Actress Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome”) is 30. Actor Erik Per Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 23.


JULY 13

1939: Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood” with the Harry James Orchestra.

1989: Roseanne Barr filed for divorce in Los Angeles from William Pentland.

1990: The movie “Ghost” was released.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 74. Actor Robert Forster (“Banyon”) is 73. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn of The Byrds is 72. Actor Harrison Ford is 72. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 68. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid (“Eve,” ”The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 66. Actress Didi Conn is 63. Country singer Louise Mandrell is 60. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 57. Actor Michael Jace (“The Shield”) is 52. Comedian Tom Kenny (“Spongebob Squarepants”) is 52. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 52. Country singer Neil Thrasher (Thrasher Shriver) is 49. Singer Deborah Cox is 41. Drummer Will Champion of Coldplay is 36. Actor Steven R. McQueen (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 26.

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