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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

IT HAPPENED IN 1977: The New York disco Studio 54 opened. It fast became the "in" place to be among the glitterati. Photo: Associated Press/Richard Drew

APRIL 25

1968: The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England, saying regardless of the cause, they don’t do benefits.

1977: Elvis Presley made what would be the last recordings of his life, at a concert in Saginaw, Michigan. Three songs appeared in the posthumously released album “Moody Blue.”

1979: The film “Rock and Roll High School” featuring The Ramones premiered.

1995: Actress-dancer Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 83.

2002: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC was killed in a car crash in Honduras. She was 30.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 75. “Dancing With The Stars” judge Len Goodman is 71. Bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 70. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA is 70. Actress Talia Shire is 70. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn (“The Green Mile”) is 68. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 61. Actor Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 51. Singer Andy Bell of Erasure is 51. Bassist Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction) is 50. Guitarist Rory Feek of Joey and Rory is 50. Former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 48. Actress Gina Torres (“I Think I Love My Wife”) is 46. Actress Renee Zellweger is 46. Actor Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl,” ”Almost Famous”) is 45. Actor Jason Wiles (“Third Watch”) is 45. Singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is 35. Actress Melonie Diaz is 31. Actress Sara Paxton is 27. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Sonny With A Chance”) is 19.


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1956: The first Godzilla movie, “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” premiered in New York.

1977: The New York disco Studio 54 opened. It fast became the “in” place to be among the glitterati.

1984: Jazz great Count Basie died of cancer at age 80. He’s best remembered for songs like “Jumpin’ At The Woodside” and “One O’Clock Jump.”

1989: Lucille Ball died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 77.

2013: Country singer George Jones died at the age of 81. He was in the middle of a farewell tour.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 82. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 77. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 77. Singer Bobby Rydell is 73. Singer Gary Wright is 72. Actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Revolution,” ”Breaking Bad”) is 57. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 55. Actress Joan Chen (“Twin Peaks”) is 54. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 54. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 53. Actor Jet Li is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 51. Actor-comedian Kevin James (“The King of Queens”) is 50. Fiddler Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 47. Singer T-Boz of TLC is 45. Bassist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 44. Bassist Michael Jeffers of Pinmonkey is 43. Drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus is 39. Actor Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) is 38. Actor Tom Welling (“Smallville”) is 38. Actor Pablo Schreiber (“Weeds”) is 37. Actor Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”) is 36. Actress Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and The Furious”) is 35. Actress Marnette Patterson (“Something So Right”) is 35. Actor Channing Tatum (“Step Up”) is 35.

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