FEBRUARY 1 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On February 1, 1950, RCA introduced the 45 RPM record player.
In 1954, Big Joe Turner recorded “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the song “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen to be pornographic, even though the average listener wasn’t able to decipher the lyrics. The governor asked a state broadcasters’ association to ban the record.
In 1965, James Brown recorded “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1968, Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, was born.
In 1978, the Bob Dylan film “Renaldo and Clara” premiered in Los Angeles. It mainly was a documentary of Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour.
In 1982, “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered on NBC.
In 1986, Diana Ross married Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland. They later split up.
In 1988, The Cars announced their breakup.
In 1993, TV personality Regis Philbin returned to his morning talk show after undergoing heart surgery to have a blocked artery cleared.
In 2004, Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s top during the Super Bowl halftime show and exposed her breast. During that same show, Kid Rock wrapped himself in a poncho made of an American flag.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Stuart Whitman is 85. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 76. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 76. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 76. Jazz pianist Joe Sample is 74. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 74. Actor-writer-director Terry Jones (Monty Python) is 71. Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 63. Actor-writer-producer Billy Mumy (“Lost in Space”) is 59. Singer Exene Cervenka of X is 57. Keyboardist Dwayne Dupuy of Ricochet is 48. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 48. Singer Lisa Marie Presley is 45. Comedian Pauly Shore is 45. Drummer Patrick Wilson of Weezer is 44. Actor Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” ”Six Feet Under”) is 42. Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is 38. Singer Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT is 30. TV personality Lauren Conrad (“The Hills,” ”Laguna Beach”) is 27. Singer Harry Styles of One Direction is 19.