DECEMBER 27: The Daily Flashback
1903: In New York City, the barbershop quartet favorite, “Sweet Adeline,” was sung for the first time.
1904: James Barrie’s play Peter Pan premiered in London.
1927: The musical Showboat opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway, changing the paradigm for modern musicals.
1932: With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, Radio City Music Hall was the world’s largest indoor theater when it opened to the public for the first time with a massive six-hour show.
1938: The first American skimobile course opened in North Conway, New Hampshire.
1947: Hosted by Buffalo Bob Smith, “Howdy Doody” made its debut on NBC-TV.
1958: While attending a class at the Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon met student Cynthia Powell, who later became his first wife.
1964: The Supremes made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” singing “Come See About Me.” They would go on to appear 20 more times, more than any other rock act.
1965: Prior to landing his starring role on “The Monkees,” Davy Jones played a junkie on the episode “If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be a Loser” of the TV series “Ben Casey.”
1967: After establishing his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard Cohen released his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, on Columbia Records. The album peaked at #83 on the Billboard charts.
1969: Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.
1970: After a run of 2,844 performances, Hello, Dolly! closed on Broadway.
1971: “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” began its regular run on CBS-TV after previously serving as a summer replacement.
1975: The Four Seasons’ “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” was released.
1980: Weeks after his death, John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” topped the charts in America.
1985: The “Krush Groove” Christmas Party – featuring performances by LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Whodini and other acts who appeared in the film – was the first rap show held at Madison Square Garden.
1986: 29 years after it was originally released, Jackie Wilson’s debut single, “Reet Petite,” went to No. 1 on the British charts, where it stayed for four weeks.
1989: Chuck Berry was sued by a former cook in his restaurant – The Southern Air, in Wentzville, Missouri – for allegedly installing hidden cameras in the ladies’ restroom. Over 200 former customers took part in a class action suit against Berry, which was eventually settled out of court.
1901: Marlene Dietrich
1916: Oscar Levant
1931: Scotty Moore
1941: Mike Pinder
1942: Mike Heron
1943: Pete Quaife
1944: Tracy Nelson
1947: Mick Jones (Foreigner)
1950: Terry Bozzio
1952: Karla Bonoff
1978: Chris Bell
1981: Hoagy Carmichael
2016: Carrie Fisher