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Today in Oldies Music History: April 27

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Today In Oldies Music History: April 27

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Births

1904: Syd Nathan
1932: Casey Kasem
1932: Maxine Brown (The Browns)
1933: Calvin Newborn
1944: Cuba Gooding, Sr. (The Main Ingredient)
1947: Pete Ham (Badfinger)
1947: Ann Peebles
1947: Herbie Murrell (The Stylistics)
1947: Gordon Haskell
1947: Dave Peel
1949: Clive Taylor (Amen Corner)
1951: Ace Frehley (KISS)

Deaths

1984: Z.Z. Hill
1999: Al Hirt
2000: Vicki Sue Robinson

Events

1956: Capitol Records signs Gene Vincent, intending to market him as the next Elvis.
1957: Elvis makes his second and last appearance outside of the US, wearing his classic gold lame suit for the last time as he plays Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
1964: John Lennon's first book of prose and poetry, In His Own Write, is published in the US.
1969: Joe Cocker makes his television debut, singing "Feelin' Alright" on tonight's episode of CBS' Ed Sullivan Show.
1969: Jose Feliciano's TV special Very Special, guest starring Glen Campbell and Dionne Warwick, airs on NBC.
1970: John Lennon's explicit "Bag One" lithographs are returned to the London Arts Gallery exhibition after a High Court judge rules them "unlikely to deprave or corrupt."
1975: 511 audience members are in custody in Los Angeles for smoking marijuana during Pink Floyd's recent five nights at the Los Angeles Arena.
1976: David Bowie is detained at the Poland-Russian border after Nazi memorabilia (mostly books) are found in his luggage. The singer, who claims they're research for an upcoming film about Joseph Goebbels, is released.
1979: At a Duke Ellington tribute concert held at UCLA, Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance to sing his hit tribute "Sir Duke" and also Ellington's own "C-Jam Blues."
1980: The legendary New York disco of discos, Studio 54, closes its doors after exactly three years and a day due to violations of city liquor licenses.
1981: Ringo Starr marries his second wife, actress Barbara Bach, a former "Bond girl" and model he met while filming the flop comedy Caveman. The two are married at the Marylebone Registrar's Office in London with the other two surviving Beatles attending.
1990: David Bowie plays his Seventies hits for the last time as he begins his latest American tour, "Sound + Vision."
1994: San Francisco's legendary rock venue the Fillmore Auditorium reopens, with performances by Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
2003: Iggy Pop reuintes with the Stooges for the first time in three decades at the close of this year's Coachella festival.
2004: Elton John publicly responds to American Idol's snub of Jennifer Hudson by declaring the call-in voters "incredibly racist."
2006: 63-year-old Keith Richards falls from a palm tree while vacationing in Fiji, landing on his head and causing a hemorrhage that required doctors to drain his skull. He makes a full recovery.

Releases

1959: Lloyd Price, "Personality"
1964: The Beatles, "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You"
1968: Simon and Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson"
1974: Ray Stevens, "The Streak"

Recording

1960: Elvis Presley: "Shoppin' Around," "Didja' Ever," "Doin' The Best I Can," "G.I. Blues," "Frankfort Special," "Tonight Is So Right For Love"
1966: The Beatles, "I'm Only Sleeping"
1967: The Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour"
1978: Bob Dylan: "No Time To Think," "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)," "True Love Tends To Forget," "Changing Of The Guard"

Charts

1963: Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him" hits #1
1963: Martha and the Vandellas' "Come And Get These Memories" enters the charts

Certifications

1976: Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From" is certified gold
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