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Today in entertainment history: April 14

Today in entertainment history: April 14

FROM PRERECORDED TAPES TO SOLD-OUT SHOWS:Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of The Who performing at the 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Photo: Associated Press

1958: “Catch A Falling Star” by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

1962: Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” at Columbia Records studios in New York.

1974: Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes.

1976: Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated.

1983: Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before.

2012: Guns ‘N Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Axl Rose, who refused his induction. Rod Stewart was supposed to be inducted with The Small Faces but missed it because he had the flu. He missed his inducted as a solo artist in 1994 because of a massive earthquake in Los Angeles.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman (“Falcon Crest”) is 85. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 83. Actress Julie Christie is 75. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 70. Actor John Shea (“Lois and Clark”) is 66. Actor-turned-racecar driver Brian Forster (“The Partridge Family”) is 55. Actor Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 55. Actor Robert Carlyle (“Angela’s Ashes,” ”The Full Monty”) is 54. Singer-guitarist John Bell of Widespread Panic is 53. Drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) is 48. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 47. Actor Adrien Brody is 42. Singer David Miller of Il Divo is 42. Rapper Da Brat is 41. Actor Antwon Tanner (“One Tree Hill”) is 40. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 38. Actor Rob McElhenney (MAK’-uhl-heh-nee) (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 38. Singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire is 35. Actor Claire Coffee (“Grimm”) is 35. Actor Nick Krause (“The Descendants”) is 23. Actor Graham Phillips (“The Good Wife”) is 22. Actress Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 19.

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