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Today in Oldies Music History: January 27

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Today in Oldies Music History: January 27

Births

1885: Jerome Kern
1895: Harry Ruby
1916: Milt Raskin
1918: Skitch Henderson, Elmore James
1919: David Seville (The Chipmunks)
1930: Bobby "Blue" Bland
1931: Rudi Maugeri (The Crew Cuts)
1944: Kevin Coyne, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
1947: Nedra Talley (The Ronettes)
1951: Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy), Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band)

Deaths

1972: Mahalia Jackson

Events

1958: Following a harrowing near-fatal plane ride, Little Richard gives up rock and roll and enrolls in Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL, a school for African-Americans run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, so he can get a degree in divinity.
1964: The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC's Juke Box Jury show as panelists. Their impolite behavior -- including referring to Elvis' latest single as "dated" -- causes a furor in the British press.
1968: The Bee Gees make their US debut at the Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. They earn top dollar -- $50,000 -- for their appearance but head straight back to their Australian home as soon as the concert is over.
1971: David Bowie arrives for his first visit to the US. The press in Louisiana and Texas takes note of his penchant for wearing dresses in public.
1976: David Bowie sues his former attorney, Michael Lippan, for unfair business practices and withholding of funds.
1984: During filming of a television ad for Pepsi cola, Michael Jackson's hair catches fire due to a pyrotechnic display gone awry. Jackson is hospitalized for a few days, inspiring fans from around the world to send their best wishes.
2002: Koko Taylor collapses during a private function at her club, Koko Taylor's Celebrity, in Chicago, IL, after failing to take her diabetic medication. Doctors discover arterial blockage in her heart, as well.

Releases

1956: Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"
1968: Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

Recording

1969: The Beatles, "Get Back," "I've Got A Feeling"

Certifications

1962: Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is certified gold
1972: The New Seekers' "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" is certified gold

Charts

1962: Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist" hits #1
1973: Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" hits #1

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