A look back on the Hollywood headlines of years past.
1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. Holly was 22, Valens was 17 and the Big Bopper was 28.
1967: Jimi Hendrix recorded “Purple Haze” in London. It was released in March in the U.K. as a follow-up to his first British single “Hey Joe.”
1968: Paul McCartney recorded “Lady Madonna” at the Abbey Road studios. The record is credited to The Beatles, but McCartney played with unknown session musicians.
1969: The Beatles, over objections from Paul McCartney, hired manager Allen Klein to straighten out the band’s financial affairs. The band’s mismanagement and money problems eventually led to its breakup.
1993: Singer Gloria Estefan got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with about 400 fans and family members on hand.
2003: Authorities arrested producer Phil Spector at his mansion in suburban Los Angeles. The body of actress Lana Clarkson had been found in the foyer.
Today’s birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 89. Actress Blythe Danner is 71. Singer Dennis Edwards (The Temptations) is 71. Guitarist Dave Davies of The Kinks is 67. Singer Melanie is 67. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 64. Actor Nathan Lane is 58. Guitarist Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is 58. Actor Thomas Calabro (“Melrose Place”) is 55. Actress Michele Greene (“L.A. Law”) is 52. Country singer Matraca Berg is 50. Actress Maura Tierney (“ER,” ”NewsRadio”) is 49. Singer Daddy Yankee is 38. Singer Jessica Harp (The Wreckers) is 32. Actor Matthew Moy (“2 Broke Girls”) is 30. Actress Rebel Wilson (“Super Fun Night,” ”Bridesmaids,” ”Pitch Perfect”) is 28. Rapper Sean Kingston is 24.