This Day in Showbiz History… January 1


Actor Morris Chestnut turns 54 today, while singer-guitarist Madeleine Peyroux turns 50, US musician Grandmaster Flash turns 65 and British director Tom Hopper turns 51. French film and recording star Maurice Chevalier (pictured) died, aged 84, in Paris on this day in 1972.

On this day in 1981, Patti LuPone left the title role in the Broadway production of Evita, a role for which she received rave reviews and a 1980 Tony Award.

On the music scene, this day in 1966 saw the Simon and Garfunkel classic, Sounds of Silence, reach the top of the US Billboard Hot 100, while it is also interesting to note that on this day in 1962, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records in London. The company instead opted for The Tremeloes because the group was based in the south of England.

On this day in 1975, South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart was topped by the Joe Dolan hit, Lady in Blue, which enjoyed six weeks at No 1. Just saying…