(Following Advance for Use Tuesday, May 8)

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On May 8, 1961, Ricky Nelson marked his 21st birthday by officially changing his stage name to Rick.

In 1965, Bob Dylan made one of the earliest videos when he filmed a promotional clip for his single "Subterranean Homesick Blues." It shows him flipping through cards with words and short phrases while standing in an alley in London.

In 1968, George D. Hay died. He was the originator of the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts over station WSM in Nashville. The program, originally called the "Barn Dance," was first broadcast on Nov. 28, 1925.

In 1972, Billy Preston became the first rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

In 1981, the debut album by Loverboy was certified gold in the U.S.

In 1990, a Los Angeles judge ordered Frito-Lay and an advertising agency to pay singer Tom Waits almost $2.5 million dollars. The agency had hired a Waits imitator to sing a jingle praising Frito-Lay's corn chips.

In 1991, Epic Records released Pearl Jam's first U.S. promo single, with the songs "Alive" and "Wash" and a cover of The Beatles' "I've Got A Feeling."

In 1992, Genesis opened its "We Can't Dance" tour in Irving, Texas.

In 1996, actress Julie Andrews turned down her Tony nomination for "Victor/Victoria" to protest her "overlooked colleagues," including her husband, director Blake Edwards.

In 1999, actress Dana Plato of "Diff'rent Strokes" fame died of an apparent accidental drug overdose in Moore, Oklahoma. She was 34.

In 2010, Betty White hosted "Saturday Night Live," after fans went to Facebook to campaign for it.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian Don Rickles is 86. Singer Toni Tennille is 72. Country singer Jack Blanchard is 70. Singer Gary Glitter is 68. Drummer Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and of Tom Tom Club is 61. Singer Philip Bailey (solo and with Earth, Wind and Fire) is 61. Country musician Billy Burnette is 59. Drummer Alex Van Halen of Van Halen is 59. Actor Stephen Furst ("St. Elsewhere," ''Animal House") is 58. Actor David Keith is 58. Actress Melissa Gilbert is 48. Drummer Dave Rowntree of Blur is 48. Drummer Del Gray of Little Texas is 44. Singer Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) is 40. Singer Enrique Iglesias is 37. Actress Julia Whelan (WAY'-lan) ("Once and Again") is 28.

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