Today in Entertainment History

On March 10, 1965, Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” opened on Broadway.

In 1977, A&M Records in Britain signed the Sex Pistols in a ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, two months after EMI nulled its contract with the band. A&M ended its association with the band nine days later.

In 1988, pop singer Andy Gibb died of a heart condition in Oxford, England. Gibb was 30.

In 1991, Alabama, K.T. Oslin, Ricky Skaggs and Tammy Wynette were among those performing at Ford’s Theatre in Washington to help celebrate the end of the Gulf War. The concert, attended by President George H.W. Bush, also raised money for the theater.

In 1992, Prince received a lifetime achievement award at the Soul Train Awards. Winners of other awards included Natalie Cole and Color Me Badd.

In 1993, songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Also in 1993, ventriloquist Shari Lewis and the puppet “Lamb Chop” testified before a House subcommittee, saying that there weren’t enough good TV shows for kids.

In 1997, singer LaVern Baker died at the age of 67 in New York. She had been suffering from diabetes.

In 1998, actor Lloyd Bridges died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85.

Also in 1998, Lewis Peter Morgan pleaded guilty to impersonating former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner in San Francisco.

In 2003, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines told an audience in London, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” They endured a firestorm of criticism that included radio stations banning their music and protests outside their concerts.

Also in 2003, The Police reunited for their first show together in 18 years, at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2004, David Crosby was arrested in a New York hotel for possession of marijuana and a handgun. He later pleaded guilty and was fined $5,000.

In 2015, a jury in Los Angeles awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had plagiarized their father’s song “Got to Give It Up” to create “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit song of 2013.

Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass musician Norman Blake is 80. Actor Chuck Norris is 78. Singer Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is 78. Actress Katharine Houghton (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”) is 76. Actor Richard Gant is 74. Guitarist Tom Scholz of Boston is 71. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (“Shark Tank”) is 69. Actress Aloma Wright (“Scrubs”) is 68. Singer-guitarist Gary Louris of The Jayhawks is 63. Actress Shannon Tweed is 61. Actress Sharon Stone is 60. Bassist Gail Greenwood of L7 (and of Belly) is 58. Magician Lance Burton is 58. Actress Jasmine Guy is 56. Bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam is 55. Music producer Rick Rubin is 55. Singer Edie Brickell is 52. Actor Stephen Mailer (“Reversal of Fortune”) is 52. Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (“Grimm”) is 50. Actress Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) is 49. Actor Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 47. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 46. Actor Cristian (kris-tee-AHN’) de la Fuente is 44. Guitarist Jerry Horton of Papa Roach is 43. Actor Jeff Branson is 41. Singer Robin Thicke is 41. Singer Michael Barnes of Red is 39. Bassist Matt Asti of MGMT is 38. Actor Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) is 36. Singer Carrie Underwood is 35. Actress Olivia Wilde is 34. Singer Emeli Sande (EH’-mihl-ee SAN’-day) is 31. Country singer Rachel Reinert is 29. Actress Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) is 26.

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