This Day in Showbiz History… June 1


Morgan Freeman (pictured) turns 85 today, while Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette turns 47 and English actor Tom Holland, the new screen Spider-Man whose films include The Impossible, turns 26.

Singer Pat Boone turns 88, comedienne Amy Schumer turns 41 and Aussie actor and dancer Adam Garcia turns 49.

Ronnie Wood of Rolling Stones turns 75 today – and this day in 1970 also marks the day he replaced Mick Taylor as guitarist in the hit band.

Screen siren Marilyn Monroe was born on this day in 1926. She died, aged 36, in 1962.

It was on this day in 1967 that The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in America, where the album went on to spend 15 weeks at No 1. And on this day in 1973, Wings released Live and Let Die, theme song from the James Bond film of the same name, starring Roger Moore as 007.

On Broadway, the musical Chicago opened on this day in 1975, going on to enjoy 947 performances and, years later, spur an even bigger, sexier, more modern revival of the show.

I Love Rock ’n’ Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts was crowning the South African singles chart on this day in 1982. It stayed on top for five weeks. Just saying…