This Day in Showbiz History… May 30


Singer-actress Idina Menzel (pictured), the Broadway star who initiated the role of green witch Elphaba in Wicked, turns 51 today, while singer Wynonna Judd turns 58.

Also having birthdays today are former Dave Clark Five guitarist Lenny Davidson (78) and singer Cee Lo Green (48). Tom Morello, guitarist with the bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, turns 58 today.

Locally, Durban comedian Jem Atkins turns 43, while local actor Adam Dore is also celebrating his birthday today.

This day is also of note for country legend Dolly Parton having wed Carl Dean in Georgia in 1966. She was 20 and he was 23.

Deaths on his day? A heart-throb star of western movies, Audie Murphy, also a highly decorated US World War 2 hero, died in a plane crash in 1971, aged 46. Also, Claude Rains, star of The Invisible Man, died on this day in 1967, aged 77.

The catchy jazz standard, Dark Town Strutters Ball, was recorded on this day in 1917 by Original Dixeland Jazz Band,. and

Everything I Own, a light-reggae cover of the Bread classic, by Britain’s Boy George rose to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1987. It stayed on top for eight weeks. Just saying…