Almanac: April 27, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1932 - Casey Kasem (d. 2014)
  • 1932 - Maxine Brown (the Browns) (84)
  • 1937 - Jerry Mercer (April Wine, Mashmakhan) (77)
  • 1944 - Herb Pendersen (72)
  • 1945 - Cuba Gooding (Main Ingredient) (71)
  • 1947 - Ann Peebles (69)
  • 1947 - Gordon Haskel (King Crimson) (69)
  • 1947 - Pete Ham (Badfinger) (d. 1975)
  • 1948 - Kate Pierson (B-52's) (68)
  • 1949 - Clive Taylor (Amen Corner) (67)
  • 1949 - Herb Murrell (Stylistics) (67)
  • 1951 - Ace Frehley (Kiss) (65)
  • 1959 - Marco Pirroni (Adam and the Ants) (57)
  • 1969 - Sheena Easton (47)
  • 1972 - Bob Coombes (Supergrass) (44)
  • 1979 - Will Boyd (Evanescence) (37)
  • 1984 - Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) (32)
  • 1984 - Yonah Higgins (Cinderella) (32)
Deaths:
  • 1999 - Al Hirt - Liver Failure (67)
  • 2000 - Vicki Sue Robinson - Cancer (45)
  • 2002 - Hillus Butrum (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys) (74)
On This Day:
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, one of his few appearances outside of the U.S.
  • 1964 - John Lennon's book, In His Own Write, was published in the U.S.
  • 1969 - A network television special starring Jose Feliciano was broadcast. His guests were Glen Campbell and Dionne Warwick.
  • 1969 - A court clears erotic lithographs by John Lennon for exhibition, finding them "unlikely to deprave or corrupt."
  • 1969 - Joe Cocker makes his TV debut on Ed Sullivan.
  • 1972 - New York mayor John Lindsey appealed to the U.S. government to not deport John Lennon.
  • 1973 - Opryland opened in Nashville, TN.
  • 1976 - David Bowie was detained at the Russia/Poland border when Nazi books and memorabilia was found in his luggage. He said he was researching a movie role on Joseph Goebbels.
  • 1976 - Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris performed together for the first time during a taping of Parton's TV show. 
  • 1979 - Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance at a tribute concert to Duke Ellington.
  • 1980 - Studio 54 in New York shut down.
  • 1990 - David Bowie announced he would play his hits for the last time during the current Sound + Vision tour.
  • 1992 - Belinda Carlisle and Morgan Mason became the parents of a son, James Duke Mason.
  • 1993 - Prince said he was retiring from recording to concentrate on film and other media.
  • 1994 - The Fillmore reopened in San Francisco with Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club.
  • 1994 - John Mellencamp and his wife Elaine become the parents of a baby boy.
  • 1994 - A man broke into the home of Ace of Base singer Jenny Berggren while she was home. 
  • 1999 - R.E.M. appears on the series Party of Five.
  • 1999 - The Verve announced that they were splitting up. 
  • 2001 - The A&E network broadcast an edition of Live By Request with the Bee Gees.
  • 2001 - Route 83 in Monticello, GA was renamed the Trisha Yearwood Parkway.
  • 2002 - A concertgoer dies from an overdose of Ecstasy at a Pelham, AL show by Widespread Panic. 
  • 2003 - Iggy Pop reunited with the Stooges for the first time in years at the Coachella Festival.
  • 2004 - Elton John calls American Idol "incredibly racist" after Jennifer Hudson was knocked from the competition.
  • 2006 - Keith Richards was admitted to a hospital in Fiji after reportedly falling out of a palm tree.
  • 2008 - Emmylou Harris and Pop Stoneman become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • 2009 - Aerosmith played a free concert in Hawaii after fans filed a class action lawsuit over a previously cancelled show.
  • 2009 - Jeff Ament, bassist for Pearl Jam, was robbed outside of an Atlanta recording studio.
  • 2009 - The Tennessee legislature designates a stretch of road the Jerry Lee Lewis Highway. 
  • 2010 - The IRS puts a lien against Judy Collins over a $116,000 tax bill. 
  • 2011 - The Shirelles' story, Baby It's You, opens on Broadway. 
Marriages:
  • 1981 - Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
Recorded:
  • 1969 - Ummagumma - Pink Floyd (recorded at Mothers Club in Birmingham, England)
Released:
  • 1959 - Personality - Lloyd Price (single)
  • 1992 - The River - Garth Brooks (single)
  • 2004 - Van Lear Rose - Loretta Lynn (produced by Jack White)
Broadcasting:
  • 1969 - Feliciano! Very Special - (NBC) - Jose Feliciano, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick
  • 2010 - American Idol (Fox) - Shania Twain
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1946 - I'm a Big Girl Now - Sammy Kaye (1 week)
  • 1963 - I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (1 week)
  • 1991 - Baby Baby - Amy Grant (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1974 - Chicago VII - Chicago (1 week)
  • 1985 - We Are the World - U.S.A. for Africa (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1967 - Puppet on a String - Sandie Shaw (3 weeks)
  • 1968 - What a Wonderful World/Cabaret - Louis Armstrong (4 weeks)
  • 1997 - Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:

  • 1957 - This is Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (3 weeks, 3 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1979 - Very Best of - Leo Sayer (3 weeks)
  • 2003 - American Life - Madonna (1 week)

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