This Day in Showbiz History… March 4

lenoonIt was on this day in 1966 that John Lennon (pictured) alienated many of his fans by saying The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

Singer Chris Rea turns 66 today, Brooklyn Beckham (son of David Beckham and former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham) turns 18 and Chaz Bono, offspring of Cher, turns 48. Also celebrating his birthday today is Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who turns 54.

Celebrating her 60th birthday today is Durban’s Sue Clarence, show producer and director of the Hilton Arts Festival.

The first vampire movie, Nosferatu, was released in Germany on this day in 1922, and on this day in 1943, Mrs Miniver took the Oscar for Best Film at the 15th Academy Awards.

The 15th annual Grammy Awards were held on this day in 1973, and were the first to be broadcast live on CBS. The Concert For Bangladesh, by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, took the Album of the Year award and the Robert Flack hit, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year. America was named as best new artist.

The Chicago hit, If You Leave Me Now, climbed to the top of the South African Springbok Radio Top 20 on this day in 1977, remaining there for two weeks. Just saying…