Entertainment History, Birthdays Jan 27

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On January 27th, 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 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 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: Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland is 83. Actor James Cromwell ("Babe") is 73. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 68. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 67. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 65. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 58. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 58. Actress Mimi Rogers is 57. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 56. TV commentator Keith Olbermann is 54. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 52. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 52. Actress Bridget Fonda is 49. Actor Alan Cumming ("Spy Kids") is 48. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 45. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 45. Rapper Tricky is 45. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 44. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 44. Actor Josh Randall ("Ed") is 41.