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Today in Entertainment History

On Jan. 27, 1958, singer Little Richard enrolled in a college run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. He was inspired after his plane caught fire while flying over the Philippines.
In 1968, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding was released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.
In 1970, John Lennon recorded "Instant Karma."
In 1972, singer Mahalia Jackson died of heart failure in Chicago. She was 60.
In 1976, "Laverne and Shirley" premiered on ABC.
In 1984, Michael Jackson was burned on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial that featured special effects. He was briefly hospitalized.
In 1991, Whitney Houston sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. It was revealed later she actually sang over a recorded version of the anthem.
In 1992, C&C Music Factory dominated the 19th annual American Music Awards, winning five trophies.
In 1993, Warner Brothers Records announced that it was releasing rapper Ice-T from his contract due to what it called "creative differences." The previous summer, the record company was in the middle of the controversy over Ice-T's song "Cop Killer."

  • Today's Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell ("Murder in the First," "Babe") is 82. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 78. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 76. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 74. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 67. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 67. Actor Mimi Rogers is 66. Guitarist Janick (YAN'-ihk) Gers of Iron Maiden is 65. Actor Susanna Thompson ("Arrow") is 64. TV host Keith Olbermann is 63. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 61. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 61. Actor Tamlyn Tomita (TV's "Teen Wolf") is 59. Actor Bridget Fonda is 58. Actor Alan Cumming ("Spy Kids") is 57. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 54. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 54. Rapper Tricky is 54. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 53. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 53. Actor Josh Randall ("Ed") is 50. Country singer Kevin Denney is 44. Drummer Andrew Lee of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 36. Drummer Matt Sanchez of American Authors is 36. Actor-musician Braeden Lemasters of Wallows (TV's "Men of a Certain Age") is 26.