Friday, December 19, 2008

Show Biz Today (In History)

In 1955, Carl Perkins recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Records in Memphis. In 1957, the musical "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, opened on Broadway. In 1975, the C.W. McCall single "Convoy" went gold in the US. In 1980, Dolly Parton's first movie, "9 to 5," opened nationwide. In 1985, country singer Johnny Paycheck was arrested for shooting a man during a fight in Hillsboro, Ohio. He was released from jail in 1991. In 1991, Oliver Stone's controversial film "JFK" premiered in Dallas, where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. In 1995, one person was killed and several others injured on the set of the Disney movie "Gone Fishin'." A boat used in a stunt went out of control and landed on a group of people. In 1997, the movie "Titanic" opened. It was the most expensive movie ever made. In 2000, musician Pops Staples of The Staple Singers died at his home outside Chicago at the age of 84. He had been recovering from a concussion suffered four weeks earlier. That same day, guitarist Rob Buck of 10,000 Maniacs died of complications from liver failure. He was 42.
Associated Press

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