August 21st: Today in Hollywood History

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

On August 21st, 1935, the Benny Goodman Orchestra played a concert that's considered to be the beginning of the Swing Era. The concert was at a ballroom in Los Angeles and included songs like "Just You, Just Me."

In 1972, Grace Slick was sprayed with mace and Paul Kantner was slammed to the floor by police following a chaotic show by Jefferson Airplane in Akron, Ohio. A bomb threat had been phoned in, fans threw rocks at police cars and officers responded with tear gas.

In 1980, singer Linda Ronstadt opened on Broadway in the opera "The Pirates of Penzance." She also starred in the film version.

In 1994, John Denver was charged with drunk driving after he crashed his Porsche into a tree.

In 1995, REM sued Hershey Foods, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat REM concert" sweepstakes in Hershey candy bars. The suit was eventually dropped.

In 1996, singer Rick James was released from prison after serving two years for assaulting a woman. Two days earlier, the woman he was to marry was jailed for shoplifting a $39 pair of boots.

Also in 1996, singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of Talking Heads from touring as The Heads. The suit was settled out of court.


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