AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On May 27, 1950, Frank Sinatra made his TV debut with Bob Hope on NBC.
In 1957, The Crickets’ first record “That’ll Be the Day,” with lead singer Buddy Holly, was released by Brunswick records. It was the group’s first and only number-one song.
In 1962, Bob Dylan released “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which contained songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”
In 1967, Otis Redding’s band, The Bar-Kays, entered the R&B chart with “Soul Finger.” The instrumental became their biggest hit without Redding.
In 1977, the Sex Pistols’ second single, “God Save the Queen,” was released to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebration in June. The record, which begins “God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being,” made the British Top Ten despite being banned from airplay.
In 1980, David Lee Roth fractured his nose and suffered a concussion when he leaped off Alex Van Halen’s drum riser and hit the stage lights. They were recording an Italian TV special in Rome at the time.
In 1988, Van Halen’s “Monsters of Rock” touring festival opened outside Milwaukee.
In 1989, Chicago and the Beach Boys toured together for the first time in 14 years, with Brian Wilson joining them on occasion.
In 1992, Cher was forced to postpone her live performance debut in New York City after she came down with bronchitis.
In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in a riding accident in Virginia.
In 2003, the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton was finalized. They had been married since 2000.
In 2010, Simon Cowell appeared as a judge on his last episode of “American Idol.” He left to start the show “X Factor.” Lee Dewyze won “Idol” that night, beating out Crystal Bowersox.
In 2018, “Love Yourself: Tear” by BTS hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, the first Korean-language album to do so.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lee Meriwether is 84. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 84. Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 83. Actor Bruce Weitz is 76. Singer Bruce Cockburn (COH’-burn) is 74. Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is 69. Actor Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) is 64. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (SOO’-zee SOO’) of Siouxsie (SOO’-zee) and the Banshees is 62. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 61. Actress Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”) is 58. Actress Cathy Silvers (“Happy Days”) is 58. Comedian Adam Carolla is 55. Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 54. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 53. Actor Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” ″A Beautiful Mind”) is 48. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux (deh-VOH’) of Nine Days is 48. Actor Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) is 46. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 44. Rapper Jadakiss is 44. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 44. Actor Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) is 39. Actor Darin Brooks (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 35. Actor Chris Colfer (“Glee”) is 29. Actor Ethan Dampf (“American Dreams”) is 25. Actress Desiree Ross (“Greenleaf”) is 20.