This Day in Showbiz History… July 4


It was on this day in 1970 that Casey Kasem debuted his popular American Top 40 radio show in the US, while on this day in 1989, a 14-year-old Drew Barrymore (pictured), child star of the Steven Spielberg classic ET: The Extraterrestrial, reportedly attempted suicide.

Actress Gertrude Lawrence was born on this day in 1898 (she died in 1952), while Gloria Stuart, star of Titanic, died on this day in 2010, aged 100. Deep-voiced singer Barry White died, aged 58, on this day in 2003.

On this day in 1982, Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne , then 33, wed TV host Sharon Arden, then 29, in Hawaii.

Local singer and actor Ian von Memerty turns 58 today. Actress Gina Lollobrigida turns 95, while singer-actress Ute Lemper turns 59 and English singer John Waite, who had a big hit with Missing You, celebrates his 70th birthday. Musician Bill Withers was born on this day in 1938. He died on 30 March 30, 2020, aged 81.

British band The Sweet had its first No 1 in South Africa with Funny, Funny this week in 1971. It spent six weeks topping the chart. Just saying…