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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

IT HAPPENED IN 2010: "Avatar" passed "Titanic" as the highest-grossing film of all time. Photo: Associated Press

JANUARY 24

1957: Elvis Presley recorded the song “Teddy Bear.”

1992: The producer of the New Kids On The Block album “Hangin’ Tough” claimed that the group members sang only about 20 percent of the lyrics. He sued for millions of dollars for creative contributions and royalties. The allegations were denied by the New Kids, and the suit eventually was dropped.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Jerry Maren (Lollipop Kid from “The Wizard of Oz”) is 96. Singer Ray Stevens is 76. Singer Aaron Neville is 74. Singer Neil Diamond is 74. Actor Michael Ontkean (“Twin Peaks”) is 69. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 65. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 64. Keyboardist-turned-TV personality Jools Holland (Squeeze) is 57. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 56. Drummer Keech Rainwater of Lonestar is 52. Singer Sleepy Brown of Society of Soul is 45. Actress Matthew Lillard (“She’s All That”) is 45. Actress Merrilee McCommas (“Family Law”) is 44. Singer Beth Hart is 43. Actor Ed Helms (“The Office”) is 41. Actress Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 36. Guitarist Mitchell Marlow of Fliter is 36. Actor Justin Baldoni (“Jane The Virgin”) is 31. Actress Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) is 29.


JANUARY 25

1949: The first Emmy Awards were given for excellence in television. The first Emmy winner was Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, for Most Outstanding Personality

1958: Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” became the first single ever to enter the U.K. pop chart at number one.

1993: Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 20th annual American Music Awards.

1994: Alice In Chains released the EP “Jar of Flies.” It became the first EP to hit number one on the Billboard album chart.

2010: “Avatar” passed “Titanic” as the highest-grossing film of all time.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Dean Jones is 84. Country singer Claude Gray is 83. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young (“Peyton Place,” ”Soylent Green”) is 70. Actress Jenifer Lewis (“The Preacher’s Wife”, “The PJ’s”) is 58. Actress Dinah Manoff (“Empty Nest”) is 57. Country drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 49. Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 46. Actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) is 44. Singer Alicia Keys is 34. Actor Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 30. Calum Hood (5 Seconds to Summer) is 19.

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