This Day in Showbiz History… January 7



Yul Brynner (pictured) returned to Broadway for the final time in a revival, opposite Mary Beth Peil, of The King and I at the Broadway Theatre, on this day in 1985, reports Playbill. Also, Brynner received an honorary Tony Award later that year, celebrating his 4 525 performances of the hit musical.

Actors celebrating birthdays today include Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage (59) and Jeremy Renner (52), while Kenny Loggins, whose hits include Footloose, turns 75, and hit-maker Aloe Blacc (I Need a Dollar) turns 44.

Actor Rod Taylor (seen in The Time Machine and the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds), born in 1930, died on this day in 2015. Also on this day, in 1982, the Fame TV series premiered on America’s NBC network.

On this day in 1963, Cliff Richard was enjoying his sixth No 1 single in the UK with the double A-sided single, Bachelor Boy and The Next Time, both from the soundtrack of his hit film, Summer Holiday. It spent three weeks at the top of the British singles chart. Just saying…