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October 27, 2016

On this day in 1966
"96 Tears" by ? & The Mysterians was the #1 song.

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"The Greatest Music of All Time?"

A decade before Sonny & Cher popularized their on-stage personas for a new generation, who were the Italian man and deadpan native-American woman singer that had one of the most popular acts in Las Vegas, and a Top 20 hit in late 1958?

The answer to the music trivia question can be found at the end of today's post.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (Hawaii Five-0) Teilor Grubbs, 15.  Actress (Boyhood) Zoe Graham, 22.  Actress (Serenity) Hunter Ansley Wryn, 22.  Actor (One Life to Live) Eddie Alderson, 22.  Actor (Good Luck Chuck) Troy Gentile, 23.  Actor (General Hospital) Bryan Craig, 25.  Actress (Jane by Design) Erica Dasher, 29.  Actor (Enemy at the Gates) Gabriel Thomson, 30.  Actress (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!) Briana Lane, 31.  Actress (Sanctuary) Emilie Ullerup, 32.  Television personality (Fashion Police) Kelly Osbourne, 32.  Actor (The Thaw) Sebastian Gacki, 32.  Actor (Gone Girl) Patrick Fugit, 34.  Actress (Birdman or-The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Oblivion) Andrea Riseborough, 35.  Model/Miss USA-2003/former MTV VJ/actress (House of Payne, The Heartbreaker) Susie Castillo, 37.  Actor (About a Boy, Fired Up!) David Walton, 38.  Actor (Resident Evil: Extinction, Leap Year) Peter O’Meara, 47.  Actor (Can’t Hardly Wait, Boogie Nights) Channon Roe, 47.  Actor (Pacific Blue, My Sister’s Keeper) Marcos A. Ferraez, 50.  Actress (Die Another Day, Chaplin) Deborah Moore, 53.  Actress (Executive Decision, Happiness) Marla Maples, 53.  Actress (Notes on a Scandal, Girl with a Pearl Earring) Joanna Scanlan, 55.  Duran Duran singer (The Reflex) Simon LeBon, 58.  Actor (Superman, Pumpkinhead) Jeff East, 59.  Writer/director/actor (The Nanny, Happily Divorced) Peter Marc Jacobson, 59.  World Golf Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan, 60.  Actor (Fight Club, Transformers) Michael Shamus Wiles, 61.  Actor (Star Trek: Voyager, Gremlins 2: The New Batch) Robert Picardo, 63.  Actor (The Hunt for Red October, Lifeforce) Peter Firth, 63.  Actor (Blossom)/director (Less Than Perfect) Ted Wass, 64.  Writer/director/ actor (Life Is Beautiful, The Monster) Roberto Benigni, 64.  Miss Ohio-1970/sportscaster/actress (Body and Soul, Ms .45) Jayne Kennedy, 65.  Author (Metropolitan Life)//actress (The Wolf of Wall Street) Fran Lebowitz, 66.  E Street Band bassist (Dancing In The Dark) Garry Tallent, 67.  Actor (Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, Captain Phillips) Angus MacInnes, 69.  Producer/director (Ghostbusters, Up in the Air) Ivan Reitman, 70.  Actor (The Godfather: Part II, Identity) Carmen Argenziano, 73.  Country music singer (I.O.U.) Lee Greenwood, 74.  Actor (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)/screenwriter (A Fish Called Wanda) John Cleese, 77.  Actress (Dark Shadows, Race with the Devil) Lara Parker, 79.  Golf champion Kathy Cornelius, 84.  Actress (One Day at a Time, The Band Wagon) Nanette Fabray, 96.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Briana Lane

What a Day This Has Been

October 27, 1682…The City of Philadelphia was founded. William Penn chose the city's name, which is Greek for brotherly love.

October 27, 1838…In Missouri, Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

October 27, 1880…Theodore Roosevelt married his first wife Alice Hathaway Lee. She died of kidney failure in 1884, two days after giving birth to their daughter Alice Lee. To the disappointment of his daughter, Roosevelt would not speak of his wife for the rest of his life and did not mention her in his autobiography. He also would not mention the circumstances of his second marriage, which took place in London in 1886 when he married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Kermit Carow. They remained together until his death in 1919. She died in 1948.

October 27, 1904…America's first rapid-transit subway system officially opened in New York City.

October 27, 1917…At Carnegie Hall in New York City, 16-year-old violinist Jascha Heifetz made his debut.

October 27, 1947…"You Bet Your Life" made its debut on ABC Radio with Groucho Marx as quizmaster and George Fenneman as his announcer. The show continued on radio until 1959 and ran on TV from 1950 to 1961.

October 27, 1949…Actress Deanna Durbin divorced her second husband (of three), Felix Jackson, after four years of marriage and one daughter.

October 27, 1952…Willie Nelson married his first wife, Martha Jewel Matthews. They had three children before divorcing in 1960.

October 27, 1954…Actress Marilyn Monroe and former major league baseball player Joe DiMaggio were divorced after ten months of marriage.

October 27, 1954…"Disneyland," Walt Disney's first television program, premiered on ABC. The weekly anthology series appeared under several different titles until 2008, making it the second-longest running prime-time show on American TV, behind "Hallmark Hall of Fame."

October 27, 1956…Clarence Henry released "Ain't Got No Home." Because he sang like a frog on the record, he was thereafter known as Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

October 27, 1957…Local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to swivel his hips onstage during the following night's scheduled performance at the Oakland Auditorium. Elvis responded by playfully wiggling only his little finger while singing. The police filmed the concert anyway, just in case.

October 27, 1957…Alan Freed's "The Biggest Show of Stars for 1957" concert tour played the Coliseum in Spokane. Performers included Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Paul Anka, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, the Drifters, Eddie Cochran, the Bobettes, Buddy Knox, Johnnie & Joe, the Spaniels, and Jimmy Bowen.

October 27, 1957…The Crickets released the single "Oh, Boy!" b/w "Not Fade Away."

October 27, 1957…Jane Morgan sang her hit "Fascination," and, on film, the Platters performed "The Great Pretender" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Don Rondo, Gene Austin, Blossom Seeley and Constance Towers also appeared on the program.

October 27, 1959…At Master Recorders in Hollywood, Ricky Nelson recorded "Young Emotions." Darlene Love and the Blossoms overdubbed background vocals for the track on April 21, 1960.

October 27, 1960…In Los Angeles while on tour, Tina Turner gave birth to her second child, Ronald Renelle Turner. Husband Ike was not present at the birth.

October 27, 1960…At the Atlantic studios in New York City, former Drifters' lead vocalist Ben E. King recorded the songs that would be his first solo hits, "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me."

October 27, 1961…At Radio Recorders in West Hollywood, Elvis Presley recorded "King Of The Whole Wide World" and "This Is Living."

October 27, 1962…At Curly Clayton Studios in London, the Rolling Stones – still called the Rollin' Stones, and with the original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Tony Chapman, and Ian Stewart – cut their first demos. They recorded their versions of Jimmy Reed's "Close Together," Muddy Waters' "Soon Forgotten," and Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover."

October 27, 1962…Sonny James joined the Grand Ole Opry.

October 27, 1962…After two years on the London stage where the show became a sensation, the comedy revue "Beyond the Fringe," starring Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller, opened at New York's John Golden Theatre for 673 performances.

October 27, 1964…Ronald Reagan gave a speech for Rebublican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater that launched Reagan's political career.

October 27, 1964…The Supremes released "Come See About Me," the third of their five consecutive #1 singles.

October 27, 1964…The musical "Ben Franklin in Paris," starring Robert Preston, Ulla Sallert, and Susan Watson, opened at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for 215 performances.

October 27, 1964…Thirty-one-year-old Salvatore Philip "Sonny" Bono, an assistant to Phil Spector, "married" his 18-year-old protégé Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) in a Tijuana motel bathroom, exchanging rings and pledging their love, although there was no one present who could legally pronounce them man and wife. The pair finally made their marriage official five years later.

October 27, 1965…Peggy Lee recorded "Big Spender."

October 27, 1967…In Montréal, Expo '67 closed after playing host to 40,300,000 visitors.

October 27, 1968…Mary Hopkin sang "Those Were The Days" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Ed Ames and George Carlin also performed on the program.

October 27, 1969…Ralph Nader set up a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders.

October 27, 1969…Simon & Garfunkel recorded "Keep The Customer Satisfied," a track for their "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album.

October 27, 1969…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, Ringo Starr began recording his first solo album, "Sentimental Journey." The George Martin-produced album was completed on March 13, 1970.

October 27, 1969…The Beatles' single "Something" b/w "Come Together," and their album "Abbey Road" were both certified Gold.

October 27, 1971…The Democratic Republic of the Congo was renamed Zaire.

October 27, 1972…Actor (That Girl, The Lucy Show, The Cocktail Party, Are You With It?) Lew Parker died of cancer at the age of 61.

October 27, 1973…Mott the Hoople played the Orpheum Theatre in Boston with Aerosmith as the opening act.

October 27, 1973…Jerry Clower became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

October 27, 1973…Western movies actor (Stagecoach to Denver, King of the Royal Mounted, The Tiger Woman, Marshal of Cedar Rock, Posse from Hell)/the voice of TV's talking horse, "Mr. Ed," Alan "Rocky" Lane died of cancer at the age of 64.

October 27, 1975…Bruce Springsteen was pictured on the covers of TIME and Newsweek magazines in the same week.

October 27, 1975…Novelist Rex Stout, creator of the Nero Wolfe detective fiction series, died at the age of 88.

October 27, 1976…At Jack's Tracks studio in Nashville, Crystal Gayle recorded "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

October 27, 1979…In Los Angeles, Elton John was hospitalized for "exhaustion" after collapsing onstage during his show at Hollywood's Universal Amphitheatre.

October 27, 1979…Country music singer (What Makes A Man Wander, I Found My Girl In The USA, Dark Hollow) Jimmie Skinner died after a heart attack at 70.

October 27, 1979…Radio evangelist Father Charles Coughlin, one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, died at age 88. In the 1930s, his weekly broadcasts had an audience of 30 million people.

October 27, 1980…For $169, Mark David Chapman purchased the .38 revolver, a five-shot Charter Arms "Off Duty" special, that he used to kill John Lennon six weeks later.

October 27, 1981…Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young was elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.

October 27, 1982…China announced that its population had reached 1 billion people.

October 27, 1982…Prince released the album "1999."

October 27, 1987…Voters in South Korea approved a new constitution establishing democratic reforms, including direct presidential elections.

October 27, 1988…U.S. President Ronald Reagan decided to have the U.S. Embassy in Moscow torn down because of Soviet listening devices in the building.

October 27, 1988…At the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, Def Leppard played the final show of their 232-date Hysteria world tour.

October 27, 1988…"U2: Rattle And Hum," a documentary of the Irish rock group's Fall 1987 tour of North America, had its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

October 27, 1989…U2 bassist Adam Clayton was convicted of drunk driving by a Dublin court, fined £500 and banned from driving for one year.

October 27, 1990…Bandleader (Top 10 records Good Good Good-That's You That's You, South America Take It Away, Amor, Brazil, Perfidia, Night Must Fall, The Lady In Red) Xavier Cugat died of heart failure at age 90.

October 27, 1991…Country music singer Lorrie Morgan married her third husband, Brad Thompson. They divorced two years later.

October 27, 1991…Singer/actor/TV host/"Sausage King" Jimmy Dean married his second wife, country music singer Donna Meade. Ralph Emery was best man. Dean and Meade remained together until his death in 2010.

October 27, 1992…Bo Diddley sued the estate of the late Martin Otelsberg, his former manager, for $75,000 in misappropriated funds.

October 27, 1994…The U.S. Justice Department announced that, for the first time in American history, the U.S. prison population exceeded one million inmates.

October 27, 1994…Guitarist (My Girl, You Keep Me Hangin' On, My Cherie Amour, Can I Get A Witness) Robert White, a member of the Funk Brothers, died of complications from open heart surgery at age 57.

October 27, 1995…The contract was signed finalizing the Cleveland Browns' relocation to Baltimore.

October 27, 1995…Gloria Estefan became the only pop artist to receive a call to perform from the Pope.

October 27, 1996…Comedian/TV host (The Morey Amsterdam Show)/actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Murder, Inc., Machine-Gun Kelly) Morey Amsterdam died of a heart attack at 87.

October 27, 1998…The National Post, Canada's second national newspaper, was published for the first time.

October 27, 1998…Peggy Lee suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. She died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack in early 2002.

October 27, 1999…Armenian President Vazgen Sargsyan was assassinated during a shooting in parliament that also left seven others dead and at least 30 injured. The five perpetrators were sentenced to life in prison.

October 27, 1999…Tina Turner announced that her Millennium 2000 24/7 Tour would be her last.

October 27, 1999…Movie theme composer (Pillow Talk, Cat Balou, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner)/TV theme composer (The Brady Bunch, Family Affair, My Three Sons, Gidget)/actor (Fernwood 2Nite, The Parent Trap) Frank De Vol died of congestive heart failure at 88.

October 27, 2000…At Buckingham Palace in London, skiffle music pioneer Lonnie Donegan received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to pop music.

October 27, 2002…In a runoff, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil.

October 27, 2002…At Edison Field in Anaheim, California, the hometown Angels won their first World Series Championship by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, in the 7th and deciding game of the Fall Classic. The Angels also became the first American League Wild Card team to win a World Series. Melissa Etheridge sang the national anthem prior to the game.

October 27, 2002…In his 193rd NFL game, Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher when he extended his career yardage to 16,743, surpassing previous record-holder Walter Payton by 17 yards. In the game, which was won by the Seattle Seahawks, 17-14, Smith also scored his 150th career touchdown.

October 27, 2003…Announcer (The Price Is Right, Soap)/former disc jockey (KOST-Los Angeles, KLIF-Dallas, WKBW-Buffalo, KQV-Pittsburgh, KOMA-Oklahoma City) Rod Roddy died of colon and breast cancer at 66.

October 27, 2004…At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Boston Red Sox won major league baseball's World Series by completing a four-game sweep of the hometown Cardinals, the first championship for the Red Sox since 1918.

October 27, 2004…Bandleader Lester Lanin, famous for his long, smooth medleys, died at age 97.

October 27, 2006…Former major league baseball pitcher, known for his ability to throw the knuckleball, Joe Niekro died as the result of an aneurysm at age 61.

October 27, 2008…Prior to Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, John Oates sang the U.S. national anthem solo when flu kept his partner Daryl Hall from performing. The game was suspended (a World Series game first) because of rain after the top of the sixth inning, with the score tied at 2. When play resumed two days later, the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, and took the best-of-seven series, 4 games to 1.

October 27, 2008…Arranger/conductor (Standing On The Corner, A Certain Smile, Lipstick On Your Collar, True Love Ways, Broken-Hearted Melody, Lady In Satin) Ray Ellis died of complications from melanoma at the age of 85.

October 27, 2009…Because of his need to undergo an operation to remove gallstones, Eric Clapton was forced to bow out of his scheduled appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City. His place at the Madison Square Garden event was taken by Jeff Beck.

October 27, 2009…Actor (Falcon Crest, Pretty Woman, Empire of the Ants, The Day of the Dolphin, Charge of the Model T's, Pretty Maids All in a Row) John David Carson, son of actor "Kit" Carson, died at age 57.

October 27, 2010…Singer Billy Ray Cyrus and producer Tish Cyrus, parents of Miley Cyrus and four other children (including two from her previous marriage), filed for divorce after 17 years, citing irreconcilable differences. He declared in March 2011 that the petition for divorce had been withdrawn, but in June 2013 she announced that the divorce was once again proceeding. After several weeks of couples therapy, the two again reconciled and in late July 2013 they withdrew the divorce petition.

October 27, 2010…Actress (who played Ginny Sacrimoni, the Mafia wife with the weight problem in 17 episodes of HBO's The Sopranos) Denise Borino-Quinn died of liver cancer at 46.

October 27, 2011…David Cannon, James Brown's former manager, was sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges that during the singer's final years he took 15% of Brown's earnings instead of the 5% to which he was entitled.

October 27, 2011…Actor (Eraserhead, Sometimes They Come Back, A Matter of Justice, Angel Unchained, The Only Good Indian, The Sting II, Bunker Hill, Ride with the Devil) T. Max Graham died of cancer at age 70.

October 27, 2012…At a rock 'n' roll memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills, California, a 1955 Fender guitar played on stage by Rolling Stone Ron Wood when he was a member of the Faces sold for more than $60,000. A likeness of Eric Clapton drawn by Wood, and autographed by both guitarists, sold for $5,120.

October 27, 2012…Jazz/folk/soul singer/songwriter (Sign Of The Times) Terry Callier died of cancer at the age of 67.

October 27, 2013…At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Rascal Flatts sang the U.S. national anthem prior to Game 4 of major league baseball's World Series between the hometown Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. The Sox won the game, 4-2.

October 27, 2013…Singer/sogwriter (Walk On The Wild Side, Satellite Of Love, Rock & Roll, Sweet Jane, Sally Can't Dance) Lou Reed, co-founder of the Velvet Underground, died of liver disease at 71.

October 27, 2015…Michael Jackson topped Forbes magazine's annual list of highest-earning dead celebrities with his estate taking in more $115 million during the previous year. Elvis Presley, Charles Shultz, Bob Marley and Elizabeth Taylor, respectively, ranked second through fifth on their list.

October 27, 2015…At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, the hometown Royals defeated the New York Mets, 5-4 in 14 innings, in Game 1 of major league baseball's World Series. The contest lasted 5 hours, 9 minutes, the longest game in World Series history. Andy Grammer sang the national anthem prior to the game.

October 27, 2015…Actress (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Room for One More, The Second Woman, Every Girl Should Be Married, Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, Pretty Baby, Intent to Kill) Betsy Drake, third wife of actor Cary Grant, died at age 92.

October 27, 2015…Actor (Deadwood, Hancock, The Revenant, No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker) Ralph Richeson died of heart failure at 63.

I Did Not Know That!

Barbie’s measurements if the dolls were life size would be 39-23-33.

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. - Vince Lombardi

Joke du Jour

Two Newfies were sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold beer.

After a while the first Newfie says to the second, “If I was to sneak over to your house and make love to your wife while you was off huntin', and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?”

The second Newfie crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, squinted his eyes, thinking real hard about the question.

Finally, he says, “Well, I don't know about related, but it sure would make us even.”


Louis Prima & Keely Smith. The husband-and-wife duo had the Top 20, Grammy Award-winning hit “That Old Black Magic” in late 1958/early 1959.

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.