On Jan. 12, 1963, Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called “The Madhouse of Castle Street” and he played a folk singer.
In 1965, the rock and roll TV series “Hullabaloo” premiered on NBC. Featured acts included the New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen.
In 1966, “Batman” premiered on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC’s “Tarzan.” They played a group of nuns.
In 1971, the TV situation comedy “All in the Family” premiered on CBS.
In 1981, “Dynasty” premiered on ABC.
In 1991, country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck’s sentence.
In 1993, the original members of Cream reunited to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Other inductees that year were Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.
In 1995, members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored.
In 2000, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign “due to medical reasons — Billy Corgan was making me sick!”
In 2003, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Katherine MacGregor (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 93. Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 79. Actor Anthony Andrews is 70. Actress Kirstie Alley is 67. Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is 67. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 66. Radio personality Howard Stern is 64. News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 60. Actor Oliver Platt is 58. Singer-director Rob Zombie is 53. Rapper TBird of B-Rock and the Bizz is 51. Model Vendela is 51. Actress Farrah Forke (“Wings”) is 50. Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is 48. Rapper Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan is 48. Singer Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay is 45. Bassist Matt Wong of Reel Big Fish is 45. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 44. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 40. Singer Amerie is 38. Actress Naya Rivera (“Glee”) is 31. Singer Zayn (One Direction) is 25. Singer Ella Henderson is 22.