Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 27


1955:  Chuck Berry released his first single on this date as "Maybellene" was sent to radio stations.

1961:  The Tokens recorded "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
1963:  Judy Collins, John Lee Hooker, and the Tarriers performed on the second day of the Newport Folk Festival.
1963:  The Beatles concluded a week of shows at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare, England.
1963:  "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" by Rolf Harris was #1 for a third week on the Easy Listening chart.

1963:  Another of the famous days in the Rock Era, as on this date Peter, Paul and Mary entered the Top 10 with the classic "Blowin' In The Wind". 
1965:  Gary Lewis & the Playboys had a rather healthy move (40-13) with "Save Your Heart For Me".

1968:  The Beat of the Brass by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was the new #1 album.  Wheels of Fire by Cream moved from 28-3 while the previous #1 Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel was #3.

1969:  Led Zeppelin,the Doors, the Guess Who, the Youngbloods, Vanilla Fudge, Bo Diddley, Spirit, Lee Michaels, and the Flying Burrito Brothers were among the performers on the final day of the Seattle Pop Festival at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville, Washington.
1970:  Sly & the Family Stone did not appear for a concert at Grant's Park in Chicago, sparking a riot.
1972:  The Bobby Darin Amusement Company variety show debuted on NBC Television.  (Note:  several websites claim the show debuted July 22 on CBS.  But according to the book 'Bobby Darin:  The Incredible Story of an Amazing Life' by Al DiOrio, the show debuted July 27 on NBC.) 
1974:  Wings were on top of the U.K. Album chart with Band on the Run.
1974:  Helen Reddy's "You And Me Against The World" was the top Adult song.

                                                     The Righteous Brothers gave us one more Top 10...

1974:  "Annie's Song" by John Denver reached #1, followed by Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" and "Rock And Roll Heaven" by the Righteous Brothers.  George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" fell from its perch at #1, while Steely Dan were up to #5 with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".  The rest of the Top 10:  Roberta Flack moved from 16 to 6 with "Feel Like Makin' Love", the Hollies had song #7--"The Air That I Breathe", the Hues Corporation slipped with "Rock The Boat", Dave Loggins entered the Top 10 with "Please Come To Boston" and Chicago moved from 23-10 with "Call On Me".

1975:  John Denver's double-sided hit "Calypso"/"I'm Sorry" was released as a single.
1976:  Bruce Springsteen sued manager Mike Appel in Manhattan's U.S. District Court for fraud and breach of contract.
1976:  Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike.  About time, girl.

1976:  After years of harassment and lawsuits, John Lennon was finally given his green card and given permanent residence in the United States.  (Note:  several websites report Lennon got his green card on June 27.  The correct date is July 27, according to the book 'John Lennon's Secret' by David Stuart Ryan.)

1979:  John Cougar (Mellencamp) released the first single of his career--"I Need A Lover"--on Riva Records.
1979:  Blondie was in concert at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981:  Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna on Modern Records.  (Note:  some websites claim the album was released October 6, while some say it was released August 6.  October 6 is impossible since the album debuted on the charts on August 15.  Although no credible sources for the exact date exist, fan sites for both Nicks and Fleetwood Mac say the album was released July 27.)

1983:  Madonna released her debut album on Sire Records.
1985:  The Eurythmics had the #1 song in the U.K. with "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)".
1986:  Queen became the first artist to perform in Budapest, Hungary since Louis Armstrong, performing at N├ępstadion.

1987:  Whitney Houston released her single "Didn't We Almost Have It All".
1990:  Bobby Day ("Rockin' Robin") died of cancer and a stomach hemorrhage in Los Angeles at age 60.
1991:  Jani Lane of Warrant married Bobbie Brown.

1991:  Bryan Adams took over at #1 with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".  Jesus Jones was up to #2 with "Right Here, Right Now" while EMF slipped with "Unbelievable".  Paula Abdul's former #1 "Rush, Rush" was at #6 while Amy Grant entered the Top 10 with "Every Heartbeat".
1991:  On the more popular Adult Contemporary format, Paula Abdul was still at #1 for the fifth week with "Rush, Rush".

1991:  Natalie Cole moved to #1 on the Album chart with Unforgettable With Love.
1995:  Opening act Bob Dylan joined the Rolling Stones for a version of Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" at the Espace Grammont in Montpelier, France.
1996:  The Spice Girls reached #1 in the U.K. with "Wannabe".

1997:  Alanis Morissette debuted at #6 with her double-sided release "You Learn"/"You Oughta' Know".

1997:  Toni Braxton climbed to the top of the chart with the double-sided "You're Makin' Me High"/"Let It Flow".
2000:  The "NSYNC Live" performance at Madison Square Garden was shown on HBO.
2001:  Leon Wilkeson, bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, who suffered from chronic liver and lung disease from heavy drinking and smoking, died of natural causes in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the age of 49.
2003:  Shania Twain gave a free concert at Hutchinson Field in Grant's Park in Chicago, filmed for the DVD Up!  Live in Chicago.  Fifty thousand people attended.

2004:  Brandy became engaged to basketball star Quintin Richardson.
2005:  To give us all some idea of how bad music had become, a collection of hits from various artists called Now That's What I Call Music 19 was the #1 album.  This is a similar project to what K-Tel used to do back in the 70's--the only difference is back then, there were hundreds of albums better that kept the K-Tel albums from ever making the Album chart.  Let alone #1.  LOL.
2006:  Chad Kroeger of Nickelback was arrested for drunk driving in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.  The charges stemmed from an incident on July 22 in which Kroeger was arrested for drag racing.
2006:  Kazaa settled a lawsuit with some of the major record companies for $100 million.  Kazaa had been sued for violating copyright laws.

Born This Day:
1922:  Bob Thiele, who produced "Rave On" for Buddy Holly and later married Teresa Brewer, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died of kidney failure in Manhattan, New York January 30, 1996.
1929:  Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and later producer for Marvin Gaye, was born in Louisville, Kentucky; died July 6, 2010 of a heart attack in Detroit, Michigan.  (Note:  several websites report Fuqua was born in 1928, and several websites show his birthplace as Chicago Illinois, but Harvey was born in Louisville in 1929, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1930:  Andy White, who famously replaced Ringo Starr on drums for the single version of "Love Me Do" by the Beatles, was born in Stranaer, Scotland;died of a stroke on November 9, 2015 in Caldwell, New Jersey.  (Note:  some websites claim White was born in Glasgow.  According to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times', White was born in Stranraer and raised in Glasgow.)  
1933:  Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio was born in San Diego,  Coronado, California; died October 1, 2008 after being hospitalized for acute respiratory disease.  (Note:  several websites list his birthplace as Coronado, California, but he was born in San Diego, according to the newspapers 'USA Today', 'The New York Times' and 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1943:  Al Ramsey, guitarist of Gary Lewis & the Playboys; died in a plane crash November 27, 1985.
1944:  Bobbie Gentry ("Ode To Billie Joe") was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
1947:  Andy McMaster, bassist and keyboardist of the Motors ("Love And Loneliness"), was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1949:  Maureen McGovern ("The Morning After" in 1973) was born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1950:  Michael Vaughan of Paper Lace ("The Night Chicago Died") was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1953:  Suzi Carr, lead vocalist of Will to Power ("Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird") 

1962:  Karl Mueller, bassist and founder of Soul Asylum who had the great hit "Runaway Train", was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; died of throat cancer June 17, 2005 in Minneapolis.
1964:  Rex Brown, bass guitarist of Pantera, was born in Graham, Texas.

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