Friday Morning Entertainment History

On October 12, 1957, Little Richard announced that he was giving up rock and roll for religion. He later was ordained as a minister, but eventually went back to playing rock and roll.

In 1962, Little Richard played a gig in Liverpool, with a then-unknown local band called The Beatles opening for him.

In 1971, singer Gene Vincent died in Los Angeles of a seizure brought on by a bleeding ulcer. He was 36.

In 1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces played their last show together at a concert on Long Island, New York.

In 1978, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols was arrested in New York in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

In 1979, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull was injured when a fan threw a rose on stage and a thorn pierced his eye. The band was forced to cancel two shows.

In 1996, the film documentary "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" was released. It had been filmed in December 1968 but was shelved for nearly 28 years because the Stones reportedly were afraid that The Who upstaged them in the film.

In 1997, singer John Denver was killed when his experimental plane crashed into Monterey Bay in California. He was 53.

Also in 1997, the Janet Jackson album "The Velvet Rope" was banned in Singapore because of songs about abuse, sexuality and homosexuality.

In 2006, country singer Sara Evans quit "Dancing with the Stars" and filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 80. Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 77. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace is 65. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 62. Singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens is 57. Actor Carlos Bernard ("24") is 50. Jazz musician Chris Botti is 50. Singer Claude McKnight of Take 6 is 50. Actor Hugh Jackman ("The X-Men") is 44. Actor Adam Rich ("Eight Is Enough") is 44. Singer Garfield Bright of Shai is 43. Fiddler Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks is 43. Actor Kirk Cameron is 42.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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