On Jan. 1, 1950, Sam Phillips opened his first recording studio, the Memphis Recording Service.
In 1953, nation star Hank Williams died of a coronary heart assault introduced on by alcohol. The yr earlier than, he had been fired from the Grand Ole Opry due to his consuming. Williams was 29.
In 1960, Johnny Money performed his first live performance for inmates, at a present at San Quentin Jail in California. Future nation star Merle Haggard was within the viewers, serving time for housebreaking.
In 1962, The Beatles failed their first audition in London. Decca Data as an alternative signed Brian Poole and The Tremeloes.
In 1980, Queen Elizabeth made singer Cliff Richard a member of the Order of the British Empire.
In 1985, VH1 went on the air. Its first video was Marvin Gaye’s model of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
In 1992, Man Lombardo’s Royal Canadians performed what was maybe their smallest New Yr’s live performance. The group consisted of about 100 individuals on a sidewalk in Hickory, North Carolina. The band’s live performance at an area corridor had been canceled on account of poor ticket gross sales.
In 1993, “Dr. Quinn, Drugs Girl” made its premiere on CBS.
In 1995, Rod Stewart set a document for the biggest attendance for an open-air live performance. Three-and-a-half million individuals turned out for his New Yr’s live performance in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1997, Bryant Gumbel anchored his final “At this time” present broadcast. He was changed by Matt Lauer.
In 1999, actor Alyssa Milano married singer Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero. She filed for divorce eleven months later.
In 2002, Eric Clapton married Melia McEnery at a church in London. He was 56, she was 25. On the identical ceremony, their six-month-old daughter was baptized, together with Clapton’s 16-year-old daughter from a earlier relationship.
In 2005, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil dropped an expletive whereas wishing drummer Tommy Lee a cheerful New Yr shortly after midnight throughout a stay broadcast of NBC’s “The Tonight Present.” Motley Crue later sued NBC, claiming the community banned them to placate the FCC.
In 2008, Eddie Murphy married Tracey Edmonds, the ex-wife of Babyface, in a non-legally binding ceremony on a non-public island off Bora Bora.
At this time’s Birthdays: Actor Frank Langella (lan-JEL’-ah) is 83. Singer-guitarist Nation Joe McDonald of Nation Joe and the Fish is 79. Comic Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) is 78. Actor Rick Hurst (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 75. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 63. Actor Renn Woods is 63. Actor Dedee Pfeiffer (“Cybill”) is 57. Actor Morris Chestnut (“The Brothers,” ″The Greatest Man”) is 52. R-and-B singer Tank is 45. Actor Eden Riegel (REE’-gel) (“The Younger and the Stressed”) is 40. Bassist Noah Sierota (sih-ROH’-tah) of Echosmith is 25.
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