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MySQL maximum date before a given date

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I have a table that has a series of dates along with an ID:
MY_ID    MY_DATE
A             3/6/1987 12:00:00 AM
A            4/1/1988 12:00:00 AM
A            4/28/1989 12:00:00 AM
B            3/6/1987 12:00:00 AM
B           4/1/1988 12:00:00 AM

I would like to find the maximum A that is before say 04/27/1988.
This does not work, and I cant figure out why:

Select max(My_date) from Mytable
where MY_ID = 'A'
and My_date < str_to_date('04/27/1988')
group by MY_ID

it always just gives me the max() record
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by:Sharath
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I did not see any issue. What is the date are you getting with your query?
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by:GNOVAK
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I'm trying to get the second record as presented above:
A            4/1/1988 12:00:00 AM
and I keep getting :
A            4/28/1989 12:00:00 AM

almost like the Max() takes precedence
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Wierd.
If I do the following, I get the right date:

Select max(My_date) from Mytable
where MY_ID = 'A'
and My_date < '1988-27-04')

However if my data looks like this:
MY_ID    MY_DATE                             PRICE
A             3/6/1987 12:00:00 AM       1
A            4/1/1988 12:00:00 AM         2
A            4/28/1989 12:00:00 AM       3
B            3/6/1987 12:00:00 AM         5
B           4/1/1988 12:00:00 AM          6

and I query  using:
Select max(My_date), PRICE from Mytable
where MY_ID = 'A'
and My_date < '1988-27-04')

I get the right date (4/1/88) but get the first price (1)
How do I query to get the price corresponding to the date retrieved?
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