JANUARY 17 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On January 17th, 1926, George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.
In 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire” in Los Angeles.
In 1970, singer Billy Stewart and three members of his band were killed when their car went off a bridge in North Carolina. Stewart was 32. His biggest hit was his cover of the George Gershwin song “Summertime.”
In 1972, part of Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It runs in front of Graceland.
In 1974, Dean Martin’s son Dino, of Dino, Desi and Billy, was arrested after he allegedly tried to sell a machine gun to an undercover agent. He was released on bail the next day.
In 1975, “Baretta” premiered on ABC.
In 1979, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt announced that they would record an album together. The result was the album “Trio,” which wasn’t released until eight years later.
In 1990, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1993, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington for a free outdoor concert that was staged as part of the Presidential inaugural festivities. Performers included Michael Bolton and Aretha Franklin.
In 1996, talk show host Phil Donahue announced he was retiring after the end of the season, after 29 years on the air.
In 2001, Metallica announced bassist Jason Newsted had quit.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 91. Actor James Earl Jones is 82. Talk show host Maury Povich is 74. Singer Chris Montez is 71. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 68. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 65. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 60. Singer Steve Earle is 58. Singer Paul Young is 57. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 56. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 54. Actor Jim Carrey is 51. Actor Denis O’Hare (“The Good Wife,” ”American Horror Story”) is 51. Actor Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” ”Sports Night”) is 47. Singer Shabba Ranks is 47. Drummer Jon Wysocki (Staind) is 45. Actor Naveen Andrews (“Lost”) is 44. Musician Kid Rock is 42. Actor Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) is 38. Actress Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) is 33. Singer Ray J is 32. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 31. DJ Calvin Harris is 29. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 27.