Friday April the 23rd ON THIS DAY in 1904,
actor Duncan Renaldo
was born in Spain.
He began to play The Cisco Kid on film in his 40's, and transferred the role to TV in the 1950's, playing the part more clean cut and do-gooder than the roguish bandit in the books. He succumbed to lung cancer Sept 3 1980 at age 76.
In 1921, actress Janet Blair
was born in Altoona Pennsylvania. She came to TV after an extensive bigscreen career, playing opposite Sid Caesar in the sketch show Caesar's Hour, and opposite Henry Fonda in the sitcom The Smith family. She also was a regular on the panel show Leave it to the Girls. She died of pneumonia Feb 19 2007, at age 85.
In 1924, Canadians heard a radio broadcast of King George V
opening the Empire Exhibition at Wembley in London.
In 1936, singer Roy Orbison
was born in Vernon, Texas. His biggest hit was "Oh, Pretty Woman,'' which stayed at No. 1 for three weeks in 1964. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and died of a heart attack on Dec. 6, 1988, in Madison, Tenn., at age 52.
In 1939, singer Ray Peterson
was born in Denton Texas. After successfully surviving polio he had back-to-back mega hits in 1960 with Tell Laura I Love Her, and Corinna Corinna. He died of cancer Jan 25 2005 at age 65.
In 1944, actress Sandra Dee
was born Alexandra Zuck in Bayonne NJ. Almost all her film work was on the big screen, but later in life she did appear in guest roles on TV's Night Gallery, Frasier, Police Woman, Fantasy Island & Love American Style. She died of kidney disease 20 February 2005, at age 60.
In 1954, Lucille Ball
appeared solo on the cover of "TV Guide" for the first time. Ball eventually made appearances on 34 "TV Guide" covers.
In 1956, Elvis Presley
made his Las Vegas debut, opening for comedian Shecky Greene. Presley's engagement was canceled after a week because of poor ticket sales, and he didn't return to Vegas for 13 years.
In 1958, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Witch Doctor'' by David Seville
. Seville later created the Chipmunks, which hit No. 1 before the year was out with "The Chipmunk Song.''
In 1963, Jan & Dean
recorded "Surf City."
In 1965, the Rolling Stones
began their third North American tour with a show at the Forum in Montreal.
In 1968, the first public hearings of the CRTC
were held in the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.
In 1970, humourist/show host Herb Shriner
, who had his own national programs on network radio & TV, and hosted the TV quiz Two for the Money, died in an MVA at age 51.
In 1975, Badfinger's Pete Ham
committed suicide by hanging himself in his London garage.
Also in 1975, Pink Floyd
played the first of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
In 1977, Thelma Houston
went to No.1 on the Billboard singles chart with 'Don't Leave Me This Way.'
In 1978, Sid Vicious
filmed his rendition of Paul Anka's "My Way" for the Sex Pistols' film "The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle."
In 1979, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Heart of Glass'' by Blondie
. When the song hit No. 1, Andy Warhol threw a party for the group at Studio 54 in New York.
In 1981, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a live performance in West Germany that was later released as the LP "The Survivors
In 1985, this was a big day for the flamboyant Liberace
. Lee, as he was called by those close to him, first appeared on the TV soap opera, Another World. The sequined and well-furred pianist appeared as a fan of Felicia Gallant, a romance novelist. Later in the day, Liberace was a guest video jockey on MTV!
In 1987, Carole King
sued record company owner Lou Adler
for breach of contract. King asked $400,000 in royalties the rights to her old recordings.
In 1988, Whitney Houston
smashed a chart record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go', became her seventh consecutive US No.1 song.
Also in 1988, Prince
released the song "Alphabet St."
In 1989, the song "Like a Prayer" by Madonna
topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.
Also in 1989, NBC aired the pilot episode of "Baywatch."
In 1991, punk rock forerunner Johnny Thunders
died of a drug overdose in New Orleans at age 38.
In 1994, the US Libertarian party nominated Howard Stern
for Governor of New York.
In 1995, iconic sportscaster Howard Cosell
died of a heart embolism at age 77.
In 1996, Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder
was found dazed and disheveled, hiding in bushes in a stranger's yard in Los Angeles after disappearing for three days. Best known as the bigscreen's Lois Lane, she has since guested repeatedly on TV, notably in "Boston Common" and "Robson Arms."
In 1997, the Four Tops
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1999, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and blues artist Johnny Neel surprised an audience of 13,000 in Nashville when they joined Charlie Daniels for his Volunteer Jam '99
concert at the First American Music Center.
In 2000, the station believed to be the world's first true radio station left its long-time
home of 600 KHz. Montreal's CFCF
had become CIQC, and left the air this day, while its successor CINW continued on 940 KHz. The station had begun as the Marconi Company's experimental station XWA in 1919.
In 2002, Jerry Lee Lewis
announced he and his sixth wife, Kerrie, were divorcing after 17 years of marriage.
In 2004, Southern Calif. sportscaster Bill Brundige
died of heart failure at age 89. During a 40-plus year career he did baseball play by play for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators, and the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, plus scores of College football and basketball games.
In 2005, Toronto-born conductor/composer Robert Farnon
, who got his start in the 1930's on CBC Radio's Happy Gang, died in England at age 87.
In 2008, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora
was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. The 48-year-old Sambora was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes. Today's Birthdays:
Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black, whose films were a staple of early TV, is 82.
Actor Alan Oppenheimer (6 Million Dollar Man, Murphy Brown, St. Elsewhere) is 80.
Actor David Birney (St. Elsewhere, Serpico, Bridget Loves Bernie) is 71.
Actor Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man) is 71.
Actress Blair Brown (Days & Nights of Molly Brown, Feds) is 62.
Actress Joyce DeWitt (Three's Company) is 61.
Actress Judy Davis (Life w/Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows) is 55.
Actress Jan Hooks (Third Rock, Martin Short Show, Designing Women) is 53.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli (Touched By an Angel, One Day at a Time) is 50.
Actor Craig Sheffer (One Tree Hill, Into the West) is 50.
Comedian George Lopez (Geo. Lopez Show) is 49.
Drummer Gen (Jesus Jones) is 46.
Actress Melina Kanakaredes (Providence, CSI:NY) is 43.
Drummer Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray is 42.
Country guitarist Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert is 42.
Manitoba-born actor Scott Bairstow (Party of Five, Lonesome Dove) is 40.
Actor Barry Watson (Seventh Heaven, What About Brian) is 36.
Actor Kal Penn (House M.D.) is 33.
Actress Jaime King (The Class, Kitchen Confidential) is 31.
Actress Rachel Skarsten (Birds of Prey, Litgtle Men) is 25.
Actor Matthew Underwood (Zoey 101) is 20.
Actor Camryn Walling (The Amanda Show) is 20.Chart Toppers - Apil 23
It’s Love, Love, Love - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Skip Nelson)
I Love You - Bing Crosby
Poinciana - Bing Crosby
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter
Doggie in the Window - Patti Page
Pretend - Nat King Cole
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Young World - Rick Nelson
She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
Empty Arms - Sonny James
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
With You I’m Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta
It’s like We Never Said Goodbye - Crystal Gayle
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
The Church on Cumberland Road - Shenandoah
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
Frozen - Madonna
Bye, Bye - Jo Dee Messina
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani featuring Akon
Don’t Matter - Akon
Cupid’s Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes
Wasted - Carrie Underwood