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Today in entertainment history: May 27

Today in entertainment history: May 27

THIS DAY IN 1950:Frank Sinatra made his television debut. Photo: Associated Press

1950: Frank Sinatra made his TV debut with Bob Hope on NBC.

1962: Bob Dylan released “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which contained songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”

1967: Otis Redding’s band, The Bar-Kays, entered the R&B chart with “Soul Finger.” The instrumental became their biggest hit without Redding.

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.

1989: Chicago and the Beach Boys toured together for the first time in 14 years, with Brian Wilson joining them on occasion.

1995: Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in a riding accident in Virginia.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lee Meriwether is 81. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 81. Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 80. Country singer Don Williams is 77. Actor Bruce Weitz is 73. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 71. Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is 66. Actor Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) is 61. Singer Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees is 59. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 58. Actress Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”) is 55. Actress Cathy Silvers (“Happy Days”) is 55. Comedian Adam Carolla is 52. Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 51. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 50. Actor Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” ”A Beautiful Mind”) is 45. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux of Nine Days is 45. Actor Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) is 43. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 41. Rapper Jadakiss is 41. Actor Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) is 36. Actor Darin Brooks (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 32. Actor Chris Colfer (“Glee”) is 26. Actor Ethan Dampf (“American Dreams”) is 22.

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