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(Following Advance for Use Sunday, March 9)

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 3, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.



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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On March ninth, 1969, the Smothers Brothers' TV show was canceled by CBS following a controversy over remarks made by Joan Baez. The brothers had refused to censor comments about her husband, who was going to jail for objecting to the draft.

In 1974, Bad Company performed its first concert in England. The band was made up of former members of Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople.

Also in 1974, the Grand Ole Opry put on its last Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

In 1976, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed on stage during a concert in Boston. The incident briefly halted the band's tour.

In 1987, U2 released their album "The Joshua Tree."

In 1993, winners of People's Choice awards included actors Tim Allen, Candice Bergen, Kevin Costner and Whoopi Goldberg. Garth Brooks and Whitney Houston were named favorite male and female musical performers. Alabama won in the favorite musical group category.

In 1995, Scott Amedure (AH'-mih-door), a talk-show guest on "The Jenny Jones Show," was shot to death by Jonathan Schmitz, a friend who also appeared on the show. Schmitz had been surprised three days earlier during the taping of the show about secret admirers when Amedure admitted he had a crush on Schmitz. The show never aired.

In 1996, comedian George Burns died at the age of 100.

In 1997, rapper the Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death while sitting in his car after a music industry party. He was 24.

Today's Birthdays: Singer-actress Keely Smith is 86. Singer Lloyd Price is 81. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 80. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 78. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 78. Actress Trish Van Devere is 73. Singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders is 72. Former "Good Morning America" host Charles Gibson is 71. Guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum) is 69. Guitarist-harmonica player Jimmie Fadden of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 66. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 66. Actress Linda Fiorentino is 54. Guitarist Rusty Hendrix of Confederate Railroad is 54. Actress Juliette Binoche is 50. Bassist Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five is 46. Rapper C-Miller (formerly C-Murder) is 43. Actor Emmanuel Lewis ("Webster") is 43. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly ("Yes, Dear," ''Mr. Holland's Opus") is 42. Actor Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek") is 42. Rapper Chingy is 34. Keyboardist Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes is 31. Actress Brittany Snow ("Pitch Perfect") is 28. Rapper Bow Wow is 27. Actor Luis Armand Garcia ("George Lopez") is 22. Actress Cierra Ramirez ("The Fosters") is 19.

(Above for release Sunday, March 9)

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