June 20 Entertainment History

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By Dianne

On June 20th, 1948, the TV variety show “Toast of the Town” premiered. It later changed its name to the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Also in 1948, Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” routine was first seen the the film “Naughty 90′s.”

In 1977, Steve Winwood released his first solo album, called “Steve Winwood.”

In 1980, “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” became Billy Joel’s first number-one hit.

In 1996, the first Furthur Festival kicked off in Atlanta. It was the first time the members of the Grateful Dead toured together since the death of singer Jerry Garcia.

Also in 1996, Paul Anka ended a Las Vegas concert early after he spit the crown of his tooth into the audience. He later sued his dentist for malpractice.

In 1997, singer Lawrence Payton of the Four Tops died of liver cancer in Detroit. He was 59.

In 2011, singer Leslie West of Mountain had an emergency amputation of his leg while on tour in Biloxi, Mississippi.