Today in entertainment history: Nov. 28

Today in entertainment history: Nov. 28

THIS DAY IN 1964: Willie Nelson made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Photo: Associated Press

1925: The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.

1964: “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las hit number one on the Billboard pop chart.

1989: IRS agents raided the Las Vegas home of actor Redd Foxx, who owed an estimated $755,000 in taxes.

Today’s Birthdays: Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Junior is 85. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 74. Singer Randy Newman is 71. Musician Paul Shaffer (“Late Show With David Letterman”) is 65. Actor Ed Harris is 64. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law and Order”) is 62. Country singer Kristine Arnold of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 58. Actor Judd Nelson is 55. Drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is 52. Comedian Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) is 52. Actress Garcelle Beauvais (“NYPD Blue,” ”The Jamie Foxx Show”) is 48. Actress/comedian Stephnie (correct) Weir (“The Comedians” ”MadTV”) is 47. Singer Dawn Robinson (En Vogue, Lucy Pearl) is 46. Musician of Black Eyed Peas is 40. Rapper Chamillionaire is 35. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend is 31. Singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is 31. Singer Trey Songz is 30.

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