This Day in Showbiz History… March 6

kikiKiki Dee (pictured) – remember her hit duet, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, with Elton John? – turns 70 today, while movie director Rob Reiner also turns 70.

Singer Mary Wilson turns 73, actor Tom Arnold turns 58 and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour turns 71.

Playbill reports that it was on this day in 1974 that the last surviving members of The Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews and Maxene Andrews, were featured in Over Here!, a Broadway musical set in the world of USO shows during World War II. The supporting cast included future stars John Travolta, Ann Reinking and Treat Williams.

Still on Broadway, this day in 2008 saw the opening of the all-black revival, by Debbie Allen, of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Anika Noni Rose as Maggie and James Earl Jones as Big Daddy. The cast also featured Phylicia Rashad and Terrence Howard.

The Beatles released Let It Be in the UK on this day in 1970, while on this day in 1853, Venice saw the world premiere of the Giuseppe Verdi opera, La Traviata.

South Africa’s top single on the Springbok Radio chart this week in 1985 was Murray Head with One Night in Bangkok, which spent six weeks at No 1. Just saying…