JANUARY 29 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On January 29th, 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
Also in 1958, Challenge Records released the single “Tequila” by The Champs.
In 1962, Peter, Paul and Mary signed a record deal with Warner Brothers.
In 1977, comedian Freddie Prinze died, two days after shooting himself in the head. He was 22. He’s probably best known for his role on “Chico and the Man.”
In 1983, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac married Kim Anderson at her Los Angeles home. They divorced the next year.
In 1992, blues great Willie Dixon died of heart failure in Burbank, California. Among his classics are “Back Door Man,” ”Little Red Rooster” and “Spoonful.”
In 1994, former Supremes singer Mary Wilson hit a freeway median and flipped the Jeep she was driving while outside of Los Angeles. She was injured and her 14-year-old son was killed.
In 1996, Garth Brooks refused his American Music Award for favorite overall artist. Brooks said Hootie and the Blowfish did more for music that year than he did.
In 1998, Paul Simon’s musical ”The Capeman” premiered in New York, with Marc Anthony in the title role. It opened to poor reviews and closed after 68 performances.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-singer Noel Harrison is 79. Actress Katharine Ross is 73. Actor Tom Selleck is 68. Singer Bettye LaVette is 67. Actor Marc Singer is 65. Actress Ann Jillian is 63. Drummer Tommy Ramone of The Ramones is 61. Drummer Louie Perez of Los Lobos is 60. Singer Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band is 60. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is 59. Country singer Irlene Mandrell is 57. Actress Diane Delano (“The Ellen Show,” ”Northern Exposure”) is 56. Actress Judy Norton Taylor (“The Waltons”) is 55. Guitarist Johnny Spampinato of NRBQ is 54. Drummer David Baynton-Power of James is 52. Bassist Eddie Jackson of Queensryche is 52. Actor Nicholas Turturro (“NYPD Blue”) is 51. Singer-guitarist Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera is 49. Director-actor Ed Burns is 45. Actress Heather Graham is 43. Actor Sharif Atkins (“ER”) is 38. Actress Sara Gilbert (“ER,” ”Roseanne”) is 38. Actor Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”) is 36. Actor Andrew Keegan (“Party of Five”) is 34. Guitarist Jonny Lang is 32. Singer Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) is 31.