…………..THIS DAY IN SHOWBIZ HISTORY……….
It was on this day in 1964 that the Rolling Stones started their first tour as a headline act, alongside the Ronettes, and on this day in 1968 that The Beatles saw their Magical Mystery Tour album hit No 1 and stay there for eight weeks.
Rowan Atkinson (pictured), perhaps best known as bumbling Mr Bean, turns 62 today, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne turns 35, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young turns 62 and American director John Singleton turns 49.
On the theatre scene, Playbill reports that this day in 1980 marked the Broadway opening of David Hare’s play, Plenty, starring Kate Nelligan as a former member of the French resistance who searches for meaning in her post-war life. The drama ran for 92 performances at the Plymouth Theatre.
Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was crowning the South African Springbok Radio singles chart this week in 1987. It spent five weeks at No 1, having ousted Los Lobos’s La Bamba.