Today in Entertainment History - Oct. 17
This day in Entertainment History: Oct 17
On Oct. 17, 1957, the movie "Jailhouse Rock," starring Elvis Presley, premiered in Memphis.
In 1960, Dion and the Belmonts broke up.
In 1966, "Hollywood Squares" premiered on NBC.
In 1967, the musical "Hair" made its premiere off-Broadway.
In 1968, Jose Feliciano released his controversial rendition of the national anthem. He had originally performed it before a 1968 World Series game and was booed.
In 1969, the American Federation of Musicians allowed The Kinks to tour the U.S. It had banned the Kinks from playing in the U.S. after the band appeared without permission on "Hullabaloo" in 1966.
In 1978, Frankie Valli hit No. 1 with the title song from the movie "Grease."
In 1979, Fleetwood Mac's double album "Tusk" was released. It took two years to record and cost more than $1 million to produce. The album was only moderately successful when it came to sales.
In 1990, the country mother-daughter act The Judds announced they would no longer perform together because Naomi, the mother, had chronic hepatitis. Wynonna continued on as a solo act.
In 1991, singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died in Reston, Va., at the age of 72. He's probably best known for taking "Sixteen Tons" to the top of the pop and country charts in 1955.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Julie Adams ("Creature From the Black Lagoon") is 86. Country singer Earl Thomas Conley is 71. Singer Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts is 70. Singer Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap is 70. Actor Michael McKean ("Laverne and Shirley," "This Is Spinal Tap") is 65. Actress Margot Kidder is 64. Actor George Wendt is 64. Country singer Alan Jackson is 54. Actor Grant Shaud ("Murphy Brown") is 52. Animator Mike Judge ("King of the Hill," "Beavis and Butthead") is 50. Comedian Norm Macdonald is 49. Singer Rene' Dif (Aqua) is 45. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 44. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync is 41. Rapper Eminem is 40. Singer Wyclef Jean (zhahn) of The Fugees is 40. Actress Sharon Leal ("Boston Public") is 40. Actor Chris Lowell ("The Help," "Private Practice") is 28.