Today In Oldies Music History: July 27--
Births1922: Bob Thiele
1927: Bob Morse (The Hi-Los)
1929: Harvey Fuqua (The Moonglows)
1933: Nick Reynolds (The Kingston Trio)
1943: Al Ramsey (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
1944: Bobby Gentry
1947: Andy McMaster (The Motors)
1949: Maureen McGovern
1950: Michael Vaughn (Paper Lace)
Deaths1990: Bobby Day
1999: Harry "Sweets" Edison
2001: Harold Land
2001: Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
2002: John Entwistle (The Who)
Events1958: A study by Esso oil (formerly Standard Oil, eventually Exxon) finds that drivers speed more and therefore waste more gas when listening to the new fad of rock and roll music.
1968: A riot erupts at Chicago's Grant Park after Sly and the Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.
1969: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees collapses from "nervous exhaustion" just as the group is about to embark on its first US tour, but it's actually a ruse designed to hasten his exit from the group.
1974: After 23 years, Dinah Shore leaves the NBC-TV network when it cancels her morning program Dinah's Place in order to concentrate on game shows.
1976: John Lennon ends his four-year fight to stay in the US as a special government hearing granted him a green card (Number A-17-597-321).
1976: Bruce Springsteen's meteoric career rise is stalled when he sues manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of contract, keeping him from performing or recording for over a year.
1976: After years of alleged physical and verbal abuse, and having left over the Fourth of July with nothing but pocket change and a gas station credit card, Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband of sixteen years, Ike.
1979: A firebomb destroys Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ, causing $200,000 in damage to, among other things, some of Cooper's gold records. The singer jokes that perhaps a "disco music freak" torched the place, as Alice had been quite vocal about not liking the new musical trend.
1992: Michael Jackson sues the London tabloid Daily Mirror over claims that too many plastic surgeries had left him permanently disfigured.
1994: Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.
2006: The company behind file-sharing service Kazaa agrees to pay record labels over $115 million in damages for piracy.
Releases1959: Santo and Johnny, "Sleepwalk"
1968: The Rascals, "People Got To Be Free"
1968: Mama Cass Elliot, "Dream A Little Dream Of Me"
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama"
Recording1942: Peggy Lee, "Why Don’t You Do Right"
1961: The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
Charts1955: Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" enters the R&B charts
1957: The Bobbette's "Mr. Lee" enters the charts
1974: John Denver's "Annie's Song" hits #1