This Day in Showbiz History… April 21


It was on this day in 2010 that the animated Shrek Forever After premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, while Heartbreak Hotel, the first hit by Elvis Presley (pictured), reached No 1 in the US on this day in 1956.

The stage musical Annie opened on Broadway on this day on 1977, going on to enjoy 2377 performances, and it was on this day in 1988 that Barbra Streisand recorded You’ll Never Know.

Rocker Iggy Pop turns 76 today, while music icon Prince died on this day in 2016. Actor James McAvoy turns 44, Robert Smith of The Cure turns 64 and Queen Elizabeth, who died on 8 September, 2022, would have turned 97.

American actor Tony Danza celebrates his 72nd birthday today, while British actor Toby Stephens (son of Oscar-winner Maggie Smith) turns 54.

On this day in 1972, Beautiful Sunday by Daniel Boone rose to the top of the South African springbok Radio singles chart. It topped the chart for 10 weeks. Just saying…