1954: Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered “That’s All Right,” and he also interviewed Elvis.
1968: The Yardbirds broke up. Guitarist Jimmy Page formed the New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin.
1978: Morris the Cat of the “Nine Lives” cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep.
1980: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show.
2009: A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.
Today’s Birthdays: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 88. Drummer Ringo Starr is 75. Bassist Jim Rodford (Argent) is 74. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 72. Actor Joe Spano is 69. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 68. Country singer Linda Williams is 68. Actress Shelley Duvall is 66. Actress Roz Ryan (“Amen”) is 64. Actor Billy Campbell (“Once and Again”) is 56. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 53. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard (“Ally McBeal”) is 52. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 49. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 49. Actress Amy Carlson (“Blue Bloods”) is 47. Actress Jorja Fox (“CSI”) is 47. Actress Cree Summer (“A Different World”) is 46. Actor Troy Garity (“Barbershop”) is 42. Actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is 39. Actor Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 39. Actor Ross Malinger (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 31. Drummer Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds to Summer) is 21.