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Entertainment History

May 27, 2015 07:09 GMT

On May 27th, 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 chart-topper.

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 at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin.

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, Angelina Jolie's and Billy Bob Thornton's divorce was finalized.

In 2010, Simon Cowell appeared 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.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 93. Actress Lee Meriwether is 80. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 80. Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 79. Country singer Don Williams is 76. Actor Bruce Weitz is 72. Singer Cilla Black is 72. Singer Bruce Cockburn (COH'-burn) is 70. Actor Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") is 60. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (SOO'-zee SOO') of Siouxsie (SOO'-zee) and the Banshees is 58. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 57. Actress Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") is 54. Actress Cathy Silvers ("Happy Days") is 54. Comedian Adam Carolla is 51. Actor Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes") is 50. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 49. Actor Paul Bettany ("The Da Vinci Code," "A Beautiful Mind") is 44. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux (deh-VOH') of Nine Days is 44. Actor Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") is 42. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 40. Rapper Jadakiss is 40. Actor Ben Feldman ("Mad Men") is 35. Actor Darin Brooks ("The Bold and the Beautiful" is 31. Actor Chris Colfer ("Glee") is 25. Actor Ethan Dampf ("American Dreams") is 21.

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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