Music History: January 27
1756 : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1885 : Jerome Kern
1895 : Harry Ruby
1895 : Film producer, record executive and occasional lyricist B.G./Buddy DeSylva is born George Gard DeSylva in New York. He co-wrote the Al Jolson hit "April Showers."
1916 : Milt Raskin
1918 : Skitch Henderson
1918 : Elmore James
1919 : David Seville (The Chipmunks)
1930 : Bobby "Blue" Bland
1931 : Rudi Maugeri (The Crew Cuts)
1944 : Kevin Coyne
1944 : Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
1947 : Nedra Talley (The Ronettes)
1948 : Kim Gardner (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)
1951 : Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
1951 : Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band)
1961 : Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
1961 : Gillian Gilbert (New Order)
1968 : Mike Patton (Faith No More)
1970 : Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel)
1972 : Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson dies from heart failure and diabetes complications in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at age 60.
2014 : Pete Seeger dies at age 94.
1962 : Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist" hits #1.
1973 : Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" hits #1.
1956 : Elvis Presley: "Heartbreak Hotel"
1968 : Otis Redding: "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"
2009 : Bruce Springsteen: Working On A Dream
Certifications and Milestones (2)
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.
1969 : The Beatles: "Get Back," "I've Got A Feeling"
|1956 : Elvis Presley: "Heartbreak Hotel"|
|1968 : Otis Redding: "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"|
|2009 : Bruce Springsteen: Working On A Dream|
|1984 : At the peak of his popularity, Michael Jackson films an ad for Pepsi which goes horribly wrong when some stray pyro sets his hair on fire.|
|1991 : At the Speakeasy club in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre roughs up Dee Barnes, the female host of a rap music TV show called Pump It Up. Dre, who was upset over a segment on the show, later reached a settlement with Barnes, who filed a $22.7 million lawsuit.|
|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.|
|2005 : Following a suicide attempt, Capitol Records artist Houston gouges out one of his eyes. The singer first attempts to jump out of a London hotel window. Prevented from doing so by his security staff, Houston is locked in his room, at which time the self-inflicted eye injury occurs.|
|2015 : Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instragram accounts are hacked, resulting in bogus tweets to her 51 million followers (the fourth-largest Twitter account). Swift takes to Tumblr, where she posts: "Hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack." She also assures fans that no nude photos exist.|