Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their debut at The 500 Club in Atlantic City on this day in 1946. Their success at 500 ultimately led to an engagement at New York City’s Copacabana, a radio show, a television variety series and a movie contract. The duo made their final appearance together at the Copacabana on July 25, 1956 – ten years to the day after their first show.
“You Can’t Hurry Love” was released on this day in 1966. The single would become The Supremes’ seventh #1 hit.
On this day in 1985, a spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed that the actor had AIDS. Hudson was one of the first major celebrities to disclose their AIDS diagnosis. Hudson died a little more than two months later, on October 2.
Today would have been Estelle Getty’s 98th birthday. Getty struggled for decades to break into show business, and in 1982, her big break came when she co-starred in Torch Song Trilogy as Mrs. Beckoff, a role playwright Harvey Fierstein wrote specifically for Getty. Three years later, Getty became a star at the age of sixty-two when she was cast in NBC’s Golden Girls as Sophia Petrillo, a role that won her an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
On this day in 1964, The Beatles’ album A Hard Day’s Night went to #1 on the US album chart – and stayed there for fourteen weeks. The soundtrack to the movie of the same name, A Hard Day’s Night was hugely influential; for the recording of the album, George Harrison played several songs on a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, a sound which helped usher in the folk-rock explosion of the mid-60s. A Hard Day’s Night was also the first Beatles album to be written entirely by the band (Lennon-McCartney were the credited songwriters; later albums would feature material written by Harrison and Ringo Starr as well).
On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan was booed by the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival, for performing on an electric guitar.
On this day in 1975, David Bowie released “Fame”, the second single from his album Young Americans. Co-written with John Lennon (Lennon provided background vocals for the song as well), “Fame” was an angry funk-rock jam with pointed lyrics about the costs of fame. “Fame” would go on to become Bowie’s first #1 single in the US.