Today in Entertainment History – KANW

On Jan. 2, 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the U.S. album chart, with “All Things Must Pass.”In 1974, singer Tex Ritter died of a heart attack in Nashville at the age of 68.In 1979, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. He didn’t live to hear the verdict. He died a month later.In 1983, the musical play “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.In 1990, actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on “Gilligan’s Island,” died of cancer at the age of 68. His ashes were scattered at sea.In 1997, guitarist Randy California of Spirit disappeared after being caught in a current off the coast of Hawaii while trying to save his 12-year-old son. The boy survived but California drowned. He was 45.In 2019, musician Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille died of renal failure in Prescott, Arizona. He was 76.
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