27th JANUARY

1956: Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record.

1958: Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister.

1961: Frank Sinatra played a benefit show at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Martin Luther King.

1962: Joey and the Starlighters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Peppermint Twist, part 1’.

1962: The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue.

1966: The Overlanders were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song ‘Michelle’.

1967: The Beatles sign a new, 9-year contract with EMI.

1968: The Bee Gees made their live debut in the US when they played at the Anaheim Centre, California.

1971: David Bowie arrived in the US for the first time; he couldn’t play live because of work permit restrictions, but attracted publicity when he wore a dress at a promotion event.

1972: American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson died in Chicago of heart failure and diabetes complications aged 60. Known as the “Queen of Gospel Music” she recorded over 30 albums

1973: ‘Superstition’ the lead single from Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book album gave him his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1. Jeff Beck created the original drum beat while in the studio with Wonder.

1977: The Clash signed to CBS Records in the UK for £100,000.

1979: Ian Dury And The Blockheads were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, their only UK chart topper.

1980: Def Leppard played the first of two nights at The Marquee, London.

1984: Madonna made her first appearance in the UK when she appeared on C4 TV music program The Tube performing ‘Holiday’.

1990: Kylie Minogue had her third UK No.1 single with ‘Tears On My Pillow’, the song was originally a US hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials in 1958.

1994: Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King’s Cross Water Rats.

1996: Babylon Zoo started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spaceman’, the fastest selling single by a debut artist in the UK, (420,000 copies in 6 days). The song was used for a Levi Jeans TV commercial. The single also went to Number 1 in twenty-three other countries.

1997: At the American Music Awards, starchy crooner Pat Boone reveals his new “metal” direction, wearing leathers and a studded collar.

1998: James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm after police were called to his South Carolina home. Brown later clamed the drugs were used to help his ‘eyesight.’

2000: Beijing songstress Faye Wong and Hong Kong Canto-pop star Andy Lau share the Century Award for best artist at the Channel V Chinese Music Awards.

2002: Beach Boy Brian Wilson played the first of four sold-out nights at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

2002: Spanish-American Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Hero’. His father, Julio Iglesias, had a UK No.1 hit in 1981.

2003: Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens signed a £1m solo deal with Polydor records in the UK. Stevens went on to score five UK Top 10 hits.

2009: Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England.

2012: Pres Obama helps Al Green’s Sales Almost 500 Percent singing of ‘Let’s Stay Together’ at Apollo Theater. The YouTube Vid went Viral almost immediately.

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