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Today in entertainment: March 26

Today in entertainment: March 26

ON THIS DAY IN 1961: Elvis Presley set a British chart first with three consecutive number-one releases: "It's Now or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Wooden Heart." Photo: Associated Press

1961: Elvis Presley set a British chart first with three consecutive number-one releases: “It’s Now or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Wooden Heart.”

1965:Guitarist Jeff Beck was announced as Eric Clapton’s replacement in The Yardbirds.

1970: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary pleaded guilty to “taking immoral liberties” with a 14-year-old girl in Washington. He had just recently won a Grammy for Best Recording for Children with the album “Peter Paul and Mommy.”

1980: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” broke the record for the longest-charting pop album, previously held by Carole King’s “Tapestry.”

1995: Rapper Eazy-E died of AIDS in Los Angeles at age 31.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Leonard Nimoy is 83. Actor Alan Arkin is 80. Actor James Caan is 74. Singer Diana Ross is 70. Actor Johnny Crawford (“The Rifleman”) is 68. Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 66. Singer-actress Vicki Lawrence is 65. Actor Ernest Thomas (“Everybody Hates Chris,” ”What’s Happening”) is 65. Actor Martin Short is 64. Country singer Ronnie McDowell is 64. Drummer Monte Yoho of The Outlaws is 62. Country singer Dean Dillon is 59. Country singer Charly McClain is 58. Talk show host Leeza Gibbons is 57. Actress Jennifer Grey is 54. Actor Michael Imperioli (“Life on Mars,” ”The Sopranos”) is 48. Guitarist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) is 46. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 46. Actress Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up,” ”This Is 40,”) is 42. Actor T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 41. Rapper Juvenile is 39. Actress Amy Smart (“Road Trip,” ”Felicity”) is 39. Actress Keira Knightley (“Pride and Prejudice,” ”Pirates of the Caribbean”) is 29. Rapper J-Kwon is 28.

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