On October 6, 1927, the era of speaking images began with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” with Al Jolson in the lead role.
A song by George Harrison first became the A-side of a Beatles single in 1969 when the Beatles released “Something,” backed by “Come Together.”
In 1976 Rick Dees and his cast received a gold record from Idiots for the novelty single “Disco Duck”. The single eventually went platinum.
In 1978 Mick Jagger apologized to Reverend Jesse Jackson for offensive lyrics in the Rolling Stones song “Some Girls,” but he refused to change the words.
In 1980 the Bee Gees sued their manager and PolyGram Records for $ 200 million for fraud and misrepresentation. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
In 1988 “Dear John” with Judd Hirsch premiered on NBC.
In 1989 the actress Bette Davis died of cancer in Paris. She was 81.
In 1990 Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor married construction worker Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson’s ranch in California. They divorced in 1996.
In 2020 guitarist Eddie Van Halen died of cancer outside of Los Angeles. He was 65 years old. On the same day, singer Johnny Nash died of natural causes at his Houston home. He was 80.
Birthdays today: Actor Britt Ekland is 79. Singer and guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 72. Singer Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon is 70. Guitarist David Hidalgo from Los Lobos is 67. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 58. Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet is 57. Actress Jacqueline Obradors (“NYPD Blue”) is 55. Country singer Tim Rushlow (Little Texas) is 55. Bass player Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N ‘Roses) is 55. Actress Amy Jo Johnson (“Felicity” , “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) is 51. Actress Emily Mortimer (“Mary Poppins Returns”) is 50. Actor Lamman (la-MAHN ‘) Rucker (“Meet the Browns”) is 50. Actor Ioan Gruffudd (YOH’- him.) GRIF’-ith) (“Fantastic Four”, “Horatio Hornblower”) is 48 years old. Actor Jeremy Sisto (“Law and Order”, “Six Feet Under”) is 47 years old. Actor Brett Gelman (“Stranger Things”) is 45. Singer Melinda Doolittle (“American Idol”) is 44. Actor Wes Ramsey (“CSI: Miami”) is 44. Actor Karimah (kah-REE’-mah) Westbrook (” All American “) is 43. Musician Will Butler of Arcade Fire is 39.
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