Today In Oldies Music History: February 27--
Births1927: Guy Mitchell
1936: Chuck Glaser (Glaser Brothers)
1948: Eddie Gray (Tommy James and the Shondells)
1950: Robert Balderrama (? and the Mysterians
1951: Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel)
1954: Neal Schon (Santana, Journey)
Deaths1993: Marlena Davis (The Orlons)
Events1955: For the first time, the 45 rpm vinyl single begins outselling the previous industry standard 78 rpm record.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis becomes the proud parent of his first child from his scandalous marriage to Myra Gale Brown. Steve Allen Lewis, named after the famed talk show host, (and good friend) would tragically drown in Lewis' pool just three years later.
1960: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first ever TV appearance, singing "Shop Around" on ABC's American Bandstand.
1964: In a milestone for the British recording industry, the entire Top Ten in the UK is, for the first time, made up of native acts.
1966: The Supremes are the "mystery guests" on tonight's episode of the CBS game show What's My Line?
1970: Oklahoma City officials fine Jefferson Airplane #1,000 for using profanity onstage during their show.
1970: Elvis Presley plays his first-ever stadium gig with an afternoon show at the Texas Livestock Show that leaves him personally and professionally unfulfilled: the concert, held on a weekday, is sparsely attended, and the rotating stage in the Astrodome leaves him, in his own words, "singing to a cow." The evening show, however, would break all attendance records and restore Elvis' confidence in himself fully.
1977: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police wake Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards from his sleep at the Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, and charge him with illegal drug possession: 5 grams of cocaine, 22 grams of heroin, and assorted paraphernalia. Bail is set at $25,000.
1980: The last Grammies of the '70s are given out at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Record and Song of the Year both go to "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers, while Billy Joel's 52nd Street album takes home Album and Male Pop Vocal. Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" wins for Best Disco Performance.
1991: James Brown is released from at the Lower Savannah Work Center in South Carolina after serving two years of a six-year sentence. He'd been arrested in 1989 after a notorious two-state high-speed police chase. Six years later to the day, on the set of the syndicated tslk show Rolonda, James suddenly proposes marriage to host Rolonda Watts, whom he is not involved with.
2000: The docudrama miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family begins airing on ABC-TV.
Releases1956: Little Richard, "Long Tall Sally" b/w "Slippin' And Slidin'"
Recording1963: Elvis Presley, "Guadalajara"
1963: The Beatles: "And I Love Her," "Tell Me Why," "If I Fell"
1967: Pink Floyd, "Arnold Layne"
Charts1954: Doris Day's "Secret Love" hits #1
1961: Chubby Checker's "Pony Time" hits #1
1971: Janis Joplin's album Pearl hits #1