December 10, 2012: Today in Hollywood History

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

On Dec. 10, 1959, the four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution. They had been arrested four months earlier.

In 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia" had its royal premiere in London. Peter O'Toole starred as English officer T.E. Lawrence.

In 1967, singer Otis Redding and four members of The Bar-Kays died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin. Redding was 26.

Also in 1967, singer Steve Miller signed a precedent-setting contract with Capitol Records. He received a large advance on his band's first album and a sizable royalty rate.

In 1971, Frank Zappa broke a leg and ankle and fractured his skull when he was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering.

In 1972, singer Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured in a car accident while driving into New York.

In 1995, rapper Darren Robinson of the Fat Boys died while working on a comeback album. He was 28.

In 1996, country singer Faron Young died in a hospital in Nashville, a day after he shot himself in the head. He was 64.

In 1997, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue were arrested for allegedly knocking over a security guard at a concert in Phoenix.

Also in 1997, bass singer Jacob Carey of The Flamingos died of a heart attack in his home in Lanham, Maryland. He was 74. The Flamingos were best known for their hit "I Only Have Eyes For You."

In 1999, bassist Rick Danko of The Band died in Woodstock, New York. He was 56.

In 2005, comedian Richard Pryor died of a heart attack at a hospital outside Los Angeles. He was 65.

Also in 2005, Garth Brooks married Trisha Yearwood in a private ceremony at their home in Oklahoma.

In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time in 30 years, for a tribute concert in London for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Today's birthdays: Actor Tommy Kirk is 71. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 71. Singer Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy is 71. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 66. Drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange of The Commodores is 66. Singer Ralph Tavares of Tavares is 64. Singer Jessica Cleaves of Friends of Distinction is 64. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 61. Actress Susan Dey is 60. Musician Paul Hardcastle is 55. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 52. Actress Nia Peeples is 51. TV chef Bobby Flay is 48. Singer-guitarist J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. is 47. Country singer Kevin Sharp is 42. Bassist Scot Alexander of Dishwalla is 41. Drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 38. Bassist Noah Harmon of Airborne Toxic Event is 31. Actress Raven-Symone ("That's So Raven," ''The Cosby Show") is 27.

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