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Today in entertainment history: April 14

Today in entertainment history: April 14

THIS DAY IN 1976: Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated. Photo: Associated Press

1958: “Catch A Falling Star” by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

1962: Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” at Columbia Records studios in New York.

1974: Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes.

1976: Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated.

1983: Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before.

2012: Guns ‘N Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Axl Rose, who refused his induction. Rod Stewart was supposed to be inducted with The Small Faces but missed it because he had the flu. He missed his inducted as a solo artist in 1994 because of a massive earthquake in Los Angeles.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman (“Falcon Crest”) is 86. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 84. Actress Julie Christie is 76. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 71. Actor John Shea (“Gossip Girl,” ”Lois and Clark”) is 67. Actor-turned-racecar driver Brian Forster (“The Partridge Family”) is 56. Actor Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 56. Actor Robert Carlyle (“Once Upon A Time”) is 55. Singer-guitarist John Bell of Widespread Panic is 54. Drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) is 49. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 48. Actor Adrien Brody is 43. Singer David Miller of Il Divo is 43. Rapper Da Brat is 42. Actor Antwon Tanner (“One Tree Hill”) is 41. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 39. Actor Rob McElhenney (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 39. Singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire is 36. Actor Claire Coffee (“Grimm”) is 36. Actor Nick Krause (“The Descendants”) is 24. Actor Graham Phillips (“The Good Wife”) is 23. Actress Skyler Samuels (“Scream Queens”) is 22. Actress Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 20.

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