Thursday, December 25, 2008
In Entertainment Today, 25 December
by M. Bouffant at 00:03
In 1946, actor W.C. Fields died. He was 67. [Missed to this date. — Ed.] In 1959, future Beatles drummer Ringo Starr got his first set of drums as a Christmas present. He was working as an apprentice engineer at the time. In 1964, George Harrison's girlfriend, Patti Boyd, was attacked by jealous female fans at a Beatles show in London. [Didn't Eric Clapton attack her a few yrs. later? — Ed.] Forty years ago, in 1968, singer-guitarist Eric Bloom joined Blue Öyster Cult. [Except they were known as Soft White Underbelly in 1968, Associated Press! – Ed.] In 1976, The Eagles' album "Hotel California" went platinum. [We so despise the Eagles that we present this current photo of them, on death's door, & not a moment too soon. Look how old & wretched these bastards are. Yuck! — Ed.] In 1977, comedian Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88. Thirty years ago, in 1978, Public Image Limited performed for the first time in London. In 1981, the J. Geils Band performed a Christmas concert for the inmates at a correction center near Boston. A few days later, their "Freeze Frame" album went gold. In 1991, Willie Nelson's 33-year-old son Billy was found dead at his home in suburban Nashville. A medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by hanging, & "The Prince of Tides," directed by Barbra Streisand, opened nationwide. In 1995, entertainer Dean Martin died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 78. Ten years ago, in 1998, guitarist Bryan MacLean of Love died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 52. In 1999, comedian Jerry Seinfeld married public relations executive Jessica Sklar in New York. In 2006, James Brown died at an Atlanta hospital. He was 73. X-mess Birthdays: Singer Tony Martin is 95. Actor Dick Miller is 80. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 64. Actor Gary Sandy is 63. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 62. Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 62. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 60. Actress Sissy Spacek is 59. Actress CCH Pounder is 56. Singer Annie Lennox is 54. Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) is 54. Singer Shane MacGowan (The Popes) is 51. Baseball player Rickey Henderson is 50. Actress Klea Scott is 40. Singer Dido is 37.