This Day in Showbiz History… May 17

Disco diva Donna Summer (pictured) died on this day in 2012. She was 63.

Also of note is that the10th Cannes Film Festival was held on this day in 1957. The William Wyler film, Friendly Persuasion, took the coveted Palm d’Or.

Also on this day, in 1975, America’s NBC network paid a whopping $5million the rights to a single screening of the Oscar-winning Gone With the Wind.

Dancer Derek Hough turns 32 today, singer Enya turns 56, TV’s Bob Saget turns 61 and actor Dennis Hopper turns 75. Locally, Durban guitar ace Barry Thomson turns 50 today.

This day in 1971 marked the debut Off-Broadway, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, of the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell. It went on to have its Broadway debut five years later.

On this day in 1969, Where Do You To My Lovely?, by Peter Sarstedt, was topping the official South African singles chart, where it stayed for one week. Just saying…