MARCH 19 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On March 19th, 1953, the Academy Awards were televised for the first time. “The Greatest Show On Earth” was named best picture. Gary Cooper won the best actor award for “High Noon.” Shirley Booth won best actress for her role in “Come Back, Little Sheba.”
In 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland.
In 1958, Cadence Records release the instrumental song “Rumble” by Link Wray, which later was credited with being the first heavy-metal song.
In 1974, Jefferson Airplane began its first tour as Jefferson Starship.
In 1976, blues rock guitarist Paul Kossoff, formerly of Free, died aboard a plane en route from London to New York. He was 26. He died of unknown causes, but he had been plagued by heart problems.
In 1982, guitarist Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne’s band was killed in a freak plane crash in Leesburg, Florida. He was 25. The plane was buzzing Osbourne’s tour bus and crashed into a house.
In 1996, the second installment of The Beatles’ “Anthology” album was released, featuring the song “Real Love.”
In 2000, a batch of Oscars were found in a trash can in Los Angeles, a week after they had been stolen from a loading dock.
Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Ornette Coleman is 83. Actress Renee Taylor (“The Nanny”) is 80. Actress Phyllis Newman is 80. Actress Ursula Andress is 77. Singer Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 76. Singer Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 67. Actress Glenn Close is 66. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 61. Actor Bruce Willis is 58. Guitarist-keyboardist Gert Bettens of K’s Choice is 43. Rapper Bun B of UGK is 40. Drummer Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World is 37. Actress Abby Brammell is 34. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 24. Actor Philip Bolden is 18.