Music History for Monday, 1/27/20
2015 - In an out-of-court settlement, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given co-songwriting credit on singer Sam Smith's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay with Me," due to the similarity between its melody and that of Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down."
2014 - Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died at age 94.
2014 - Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan shot the video for "This Is How We Roll" in California.
2013 - Chris Brown and Frank Ocean reportedly scuffled at a Los Angeles-area studio.
2013 - Guitarist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, formerly of the Ohio Players, died. He was 69.
2012 - Lana Del Rey released her second studio album, Born to Die. The record debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
2011 - Jimmy Buffett was released from a hospital a day after he was injured in a fall off the stage at a Sydney, Australia, concert. He required some stitches to mend a cut on his head.
2010 - Hope for Haiti Now became the first digital-only album to top the Billboard 200 albums chart, and was the largest pre-order album on iTunes until its record was broken in 2012 by Madonna's album MDNA. The album sold 171,000 copies in two days of release and subsequently became available on Amazon.com and Rhapsody.
2007 - Rodney Atkins hit number one with "Watching You."
2005 - Blaine Larsen's first video, "How Do You Get That Lonely," premiered on CMT.
2004 - Two songs performed by Alison Krauss in the movie Cold Mountain earned Oscar nominations for the songwriters -- "You Will Be My Ain True Love," written by Sting, and "The Scarlet Tide," written by T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello.
2002 - Blues singer Koko Taylor, 66, fainted during a private function at her club, Koko Taylor's Celebrity. Her blood pressure and blood sugar level had gone up when she failed to take medication for diabetes. A blocked artery was also discovered.
2001 - The Dixie Chicks topped the chart with "Without You."
2000 - Aimee Mann, Blues Traveler's John Popper, Lisa Loeb and Dwight Yoakam performed live from the Sundance Film Festival for a special VH1 webcast.
1998 - The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, Wide Open Spaces,was released.
1993 - Warner Brothers Records announced it was releasing Ice-T from his contract due to "creative differences."
1992 - Garth Brooks won three American Music Awards, including favorite country album for No Fences. Wynonna made her debut as a solo artist, singing "She Is His Only Need."
1991 - Whitney Houston sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 25.
1990 - "Tom Petty Day" was declared in the musician's hometown of Gainesville, Florida.
1985 - Famous last words: David Lee Roth announced, "Van Halen is not breaking up and you can quote me on that -- the band has always had conflict, but how can you have the big resolve without the conflict in the middle?"
1984 - Eurythmics kicked off a 175-date tour in Australia.
1973 - Tom T. Hall hit number one with "(Old Dogs-Children and) Watermelon Wine."
1973 - Stevie Wonder scored his first U.S. #1 single with "Superstition."
1972 - Gospel vocal legend Mahalia Jackson died at the age of 70.
1971 - David Bowie visited America for the first time. He didn't do any concerts, but he made the local papers in Texas and Louisiana for wearing a dress in public.
1968 - The Bee Gees made their U.S. debut in Los Angeles. They were paid $50,000 for their appearance, which was reportedly what The Beatles also received for their first Hollywood Bowl concert, an unheard-of sum at the time.
1968 - Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released. The release came six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.
1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on the British TV show Juke Box Jury.
1959 - Johnny Horton recorded "The Battles of New Orleans" in Nashville.
1958 - Little Richard quit rock 'n roll to become a preacher.
1956 - Elvis Presley released "Heartbreak Hotel" as a single. It sold 300,000 copies its first week and became Presley's first gold record.