On This Day

April 27, 2015 14:27 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Monday, May 4)

On May fourth, 1957, the "Alan Freed Show" debuted on ABC. The first guests on his show included the Del-Vikings and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

In 1959, the first Grammy Awards were given out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Henry Mancini won album of the year for "The Music from Peter Gunn." The Champs and the Kingston Trio were also winners.

In 1964, the Moody Blues formed in Birmingham, England.

In 1970, Neil Young wrote "Ohio" after four Kent State University students were killed by U.S. National Guardsmen.

In 1990, Madonna kicked off the U.S. leg of her "Blonde Ambition" tour in Houston. Fans eventually got to see what went on behind the scenes in the documentary "Truth or Dare."

In 1995, actor Gary Busey was found unconscious at his home in Malibu, California, apparently from a cocaine overdose.

Today's Birthdays: Surf guitarist Dick Dale is 78. Singer Peggy Santiglia Davison of The Angels is 71. Country singer Stella Parton is 66. Singer Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons is 64. Singer Oleta Adams is 62. Singer Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is 59. Musician Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 58. Country singer Randy Travis is 56. Actress Mary McDonough ("The Waltons") is 54. Comedian Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live") is 48. Actor Will Arnett ("Arrested Development," "Blades of Glory") is 45. Bassist Mike Dirnt of Green Day is 43. Singer Lance Bass ('N Sync) is 36. Actor Alexander Gould ("Weeds") is 21. Actress Amara (uh-MAH'-ruh) Miller ("The Descendants") is 15.

(Above for release Monday, May fourth)

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