Almanac: January 27, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Elmore James (d. 1963)
  • 1919 - Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville) (d. 1972)
  • 1930 - Bobby “Blue” Bland (d. 2013)
  • 1937 - Buddy Emmons (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (71)
  • 1944 - Kevin Coyne (d. 2004)
  • 1946 - Nedra Talley (Ronettes) (70)
  • 1948 - Kim Gardner (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) (d. 2001)
  • 1951 - Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) (65)
  • 1951 - Seth Justman (J. Geils Band) (65)
  • 1952 - G. E. Smith (64)
  • 1953 - Lee Carroll (Exile) (63)
  • 1955 - Richard Young (Kentucky Headhunters) (61)
  • 1955 - Cheryl White (Whites) (61)
  • 1957 - Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) (59)
  • 1957 - Martin Degville (Sigue Sigue Sputnik) (59)
  • 1961 - Gillian Gilbert (New Order) (55)
  • 1961 - Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) (55)
  • 1968 - Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) (48)
  • 1968 - Tricky (born Adrian Thaws) (48)
  • 1968 - Tracey Lawrence (48)
  • 1969 - Michael Kulas (James) (47)
  • 1972 - Mark Owen (Take That) (44)
  • 1978 - Kevin Denney (38) 

Deaths
  • 1972 - Mahalia Jackson - Heart failure and diabetes (60)
  • 2006 - Gene McFadden (McFadden & Whitehead) - Cancer (56)
  • 2014 - Pete Seeger (94)

On This Day
  • 1958 - Little Richard entered the Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville to become an ordained Seventh Day Adventist minister.
  • 1961 - Frank Sinatra played a benefit for Martin Luther King at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1967 - The Beatles sign a new 9-year contract with EMI.
  • 1968 - The Bee Gees made their concert debut in the U.S. in Anaheim, CA.
  • 1971 - David Bowie came to the U.S. for the first time to promote his latest album. He wasn't allowed to perform because of work permit issues.
  • 1976 - David Bowie sued his attorney Michael Lippman on the grounds that he took a fee of 15%, 5% more than was customary.
  • 1977 - The Clash signed with CBS Records in Britain.
  • 1984 - The Eurythmics start a 175-date world tour.
  • 1989 - James Brown is charged with marijuana possession and unlawful use of a firearm.
  • 1990 - It was Tom Petty Day in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1991 - Whitney Houston sang the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXV. It's hailed as one of the great performances at the event.
  • 1993 - Warner Brothers Records released Ice-T from his contract due to creative differences.
  • 1994 - Oasis played in London for the first time.
  • 1997 - Pat Boone surprised the crowd at the American Music Awards with his new "metal" persona.
  • 1998 - James Brown was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful use of a firearm at his home in South Carolina.
  • 2002 - Koko Taylor fainted while performing at her club. It was due to her not taking her diabetes medication but a blocked artery was also found.
  • 2004 - Faith Evans and her husband were arrested for cocaine and marijuana possession in Atlanta, GA.
  • 2005 - R.E.M. cancel their first show in ten years when their equipment was held at the Estonia/Russia border.
  • 2005 - Master P and his brother, Silkk the Shocker, were arrested in Los Angeles for felony drug charges.

Marriages
  • 1937 - Nat King Cole and Nadine Robinson

Recorded
  • 1959 - The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

Released
  • 1956 - Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
  • 1968 - (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • 1998 - Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks (debut album)

Awards
  • 1992 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Michael Bolton
    • Pop/Rock Female - Paul Abdul
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - C+C Music Factory
    • Pop/Rock Album - Time, Love and Tenderness - Michael Bolton
    • Pop/Rock Single - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
    • Pop/Rock New Artist - C+C Music Factory
    • Soul/R&B Male - Luther Vandross
    • Soul/R&B Female - Mariah Carey
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Bel Biv Devoe
    • Soul/R&B Album - Power of Love - Luther Vandross
    • Soul/R&B Single - I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - Boyz II Men
    • Country Male - Garth Brooks
    • Country Female - Reba McEntire
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Alabama
    • Country Album - No Fences - Garth Brooks
    • Country Single - The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
    • Country New Artist - Trisha Yearwood
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - MC Hammer
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Album - Homebase - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
    • Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist - Naughty By Nature
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist - Guns N' Roses
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist - FireHouse
    • Dance Artist - C&C Music Factory
    • Dance Single - Gonna Make You Sweat - C&C Music Factory
    • Dance New Artist - C&C Music Factory
    • Adult Contemporary Artist - Natalie Cole
    • Adult Contemporary Album - Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole
    • Adult Contemporary New Artist - Michael W. Smith
    • Award of Merit - James Brown
  • 1997 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Eric Clapton
    • Pop/Rock Female - Alanis Morissette
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - Hootie & the Blowfish
    • Pop/Rock Album - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
    • Pop/Rock New Artist - Jewel
    • Soul/R&B Male - Keith Sweat
    • Soul/R&B Female - Toni Braxton
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - New Edition
    • Soul/R&B Album - Secrets - Toni Braxton
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - D'Angelo
    • Country Male - Garth Brooks
    • Country Female - Shania Twain
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Brooks & Dunn
    • Country Album - Clear Blue Sky - George Strait
    • Country New Artist - LeAnn Rimes
    • Adult Contemporary Artist - Whitney Houston
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Tupac Shakur
    • Alternative Artist - Smashing Pumpkins
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist - Metallica
    • Award of Merit - Little Richard
    • International Artist Award - Bee Gees

Broadcasts

  • 1964 - Juke Box Jury (U.K.) - Rolling Stones
  • 1984 - The Tube (C4 TV U.K.) - Madonna (First appearance on British TV)
  • 2000 - VH1 Storytellers - Aimee Mann, John Popper, Lisa Loeb, Dwight Yoakam (special webcast from the Sundance Film Festival)

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