Today in Entertainment History – Jan. 6

** FILE ** In this 1957 file photo, Elvis Presley performs on tour in the summer of 1957, with Scotty Moore on guitar, left, and Bill Black on the stand up bass, right. (AP Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On January 6, 1957, Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” He was on screen for more than 20 minutes, singing “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” among other songs.

In 1963, “Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones began their first British tour as a headliner. The Ronettes were the opening act.

In 1977, EMI canceled its contract with the Sex Pistols, only three months after signing the band.

In 1980, Georgeanna Tillman Gordon of The Marvelettes died in Detroit after a long illness. She was 46.

In 1993, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 75. The entertainment world also lost dancer Rudolph Nureyez, who was 54.

Also in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman confirmed he was quitting the Rolling Stones.

In 2005, singer Lou Rawls died in Los Angeles after fighting lung and brain cancer. He was 72.

Also in 2005, singer Pink married motorcross racer Carey Hart in Costa Rica.

In 2012, singer Jason Derulo broke a vertebra while practicing an acrobatic move for his concerts. He was forced to call off the tour.

Today’s Birthdays: Accordionist Joey, the CowPolka King, of Riders in the Sky is 67. Singer Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds is 65. Country singer Jett Williams is 63. Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 63. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”) is 61. Singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge is 57. Chef Nigella Lawson is 56. Singer Eric Williams of BLACKstreet is 56. Director John Singleton is 48. Actor Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) is 47. “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen is 46. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s The Boss”) is 40. Actor Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) is 34. Comedian Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is 32. Singer Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys is 30.

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