Entertainment History

March 28, 2015 07:09 GMT

On March 28, 1958, W.C. Handy, the composer known as "the father of the blues," died of natural causes in New York at the age of 84. He's perhaps best known for his "Memphis Blues" and "St. Louis Blues."

Also in 1958, Eddie Cochran recorded "Summertime Blues."

In 1964, Madame Tussaud's in London announced that The Beatles would become the first pop stars to be cast in wax.

In 1974, bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (KROOD'-uhp) died of a stroke at the age of 69. Crudup wrote the Elvis Presley hit "That's All Right (Mama)."

In 1976, Genesis opened its first North American tour in Buffalo, New York, with drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist, after auditioning more than 400 singers to replace Peter Gabriel.

In 1990, comedian Richard Pryor was discharged from an Australian hospital after being treated for a mild heart attack.

Also in 1990, singer Eddy Arnold underwent heart bypass surgery in Nashville.

In 1995, Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.

In 1996, Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis.

In 1998, "The Capeman," Paul Simon's $11-million musical starring Marc Anthony, closes on Broadway after 69 regular performances.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Conchata Ferrell is 72. Actor Ken Howard is 71. Actress Dianne Wiest (WEEST) is 69. Country singer Reba McEntire is 60. Rapper Salt of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 46. Actor Vince Vaughn is 45. Rapper Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz is 44. Actor Ken L. ("The Parkers") is 42. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is 42. Guitarist Dave Keuning of The Killers is 39. Actress Julia Stiles is 34. Singer Lady Gaga is 29.

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