Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 27

1963:  Cilla Black made her live television debut on Ready Steady Go! on British television singing "Love Of The Loved".

1963:  The Merseybeats opened for the Rolling Stones at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1964:  Ringo Starr and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were judges along with Cilla Black and others at the National Beat Group Competition to benefit the Oxfam charity at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.
1964:  The Beach Boys performed "I Get Around" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1967:  The Beatles recorded producer George Martin's orchestral score and added overdubs to "I Am The Walrus" (a song they had recorded on September 5 and 6) and worked on "Fool On The Hill" in two sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1968:  The Jackson 5 opened for Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight at a concert in Gary, Indiana.
1971:  Led Zeppelin appeared at the Shiei Taiikukan Hall in Hiroshima, Japan.

1975:  Linda Ronstadt released the album Prisoner in Disguise on Asylum Records.
1975:  "Do It Any Way You Wanna'" by People's Choice was the new #1 on the R&B chart.

1975:  George Harrison had a hot song moving up the charts with "You", up from 75 to 49 on this date.
1975:  John Denver hit #1 with "I'm Sorry".

1975:  Red Octopus by Jefferson Starship took a turn at #1 on the Album chart.  Honey from the Ohio Players was #2 but the Eagles were on their way back up with One of These Nights.  Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run came in fourth while Janis Ian's former #1 album Between the Lines fell to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Heat Is On from the Isley Brothers, Elton John's epic Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, the Allman Brothers Band rose from 43 to 8 with Win, Lose Or Draw, the Spinners were at 9 with Pick of the Litter and Fleetwood Mac entered the Top 10 for the first time with their self-titled release.
1978:  Eric Clapton sponsored the Union of European Football Association (soccer) match between West Bromwich Albion and Galatasaray of Turkey to decide the winner of the UEFA Cup.  Following the match, Clapton presented each player with a copy of his album Slowhand.

1979:  Blondie released the album Eat to the Beat.
1979:  The Police released the album Reggatta de Blanc.
1979:  Elton John collapsed onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood, California due to exhaustion brought on by the flu.  After 10 minutes, John returned and finished the show.

1979:  Jimmy McCulloch, lead guitarist of Thunderclap Newman and Wings, was found dead in London from heart failure due to heroin at the age of 26.
1980:  Queen remained at the top of the Album chart for a second week with The Game.
1980:  George Benson's "Give Me The Night" held on to #1 for a third week on the R&B chart.

            Air Supply captured fans from the release of their first song...

1980:  Diana Ross remained on top with "Upside Down", the #1 song for a fourth week.  In many markets, however, Australia's Air Supply's "All Out Of Love" was #1.  Queen trailed those two with "Another One Bites The Dust".  George Benson moved up with "Give Me The Night" while Johnny Lee was "Lookin' For Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Simon's "Late In The Evening", Eddie Rabbitt hopped up with "Drivin' My Life Away", Irene Cara's "Fame" was at #8, Larry Graham remained at 9 with "One In A Million You" and Kenny Loggins reached the Top 10 with "I'm Alright".

1982:  Lionel Richie released his first solo single "Truly".
1986:  Lionel Richie took over at #1 on the Album chart with Dancing On the Ceiling.
1986:  Twenty-two years after its release, "Twist And Shout" by the Beatles re-entered the chart after being featured on the soundtracks to Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Back to School.

1986:  Cliff Burton, bassist of Metallica, was killed at the age of 24 when the group's bus crashed in Ljungby, Sweden.
1987:  Dolly Parton's television series Dolly debuted on ABC.
1988:  Def Leppard became the first artist of the Rock Era to sell seven million copies of consecutive albums as on this date, Hysteria joined Pyromania as a seven-million seller.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly list this date as October 14--the official RIAA website shows September 27.)

1989: Billy Joel released a huge comeback hit for him--"We Didn't Start The Fire".

1990:  Marvin Gaye was given a star posthumously on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California (1504 Vine Street).  (Note:  some sources show the event on September 28, but according to the books 'Marvin Gaye, My Brother' by Frankie Gaye and 'African Americans in Los Angeles' by Karin L. Stanford, the star was unveiled on September 27.)
1994:  The Dave Matthews Band released the album Under the Table and Dreaming(Note:  some sites show the release as September 20, but the official website for the Dave Matthews Band pegs the release as September 27.)
1995:  Time Warner Records cut ties with rap label Interscope.  A very wise and responsible choice.
1997:  Bob Dylan performed at the World Eucharistic Congress in Bologna, Italy to an audience that included the Pope.

                              Third Eye Blind with their biggest career hit...

1997:  Mariah Carey's "Honey" was #1 for a third week while Boyz II Men debuted at #2 with "4 Seasons Of Loneliness".  Usher stayed at 3 with "You Make Me Wanna...", LeAnn Rimes had "How Do I Live" and the Backstreet Boys slipped with 'Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Mo Money Mo Problems" from the Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy & Mase, the Puffman was the big star of the time with Faith Evans and 112 on "I'll Be Missing You", the Spice Girls slipped with "2 Become 1", new group Third Eye Blind and "Semi-Charmed Life" and Jewel was at 10 with her double-sided hit "Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant For Me".
1999:  Atlanta, Georgia declared it "ZZ Top Day" after the Texas band.

2000:  U2 played from the rooftop of the Clarence Hotel (which they own) in Dublin, Ireland.  Over 4,000 fans gathered below them to listen.
2001:  Jonathan King ("Everyone's Gone To The Moon" from 1965) was found guilty of six charges of sexual assault of under-age boys.  He was later sentenced to seven years in prison.
2002:  Vince Neil of Motley Crue pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for attacking a record producer in West Hollywood on April 28, 2002.
2003:  Carly Simon sued the Dakota building in New York City, alleging she was denied application to live there but was not refunded her $99,000 down payment.
2004:  Producer Phil Spector was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.
2006:  Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion ("Little Bit O' Soul" in 1967), died of a heart attack at his home in Little River, South Carolina at the age of 57.
2006:  In today's Inmates Run Rap Music segment, Snoop Dogg was arrested at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California for possessing a firearm.
2007:  As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Shakira announced in New York City that a charity group co-founded by her (The Latin America for Solidarity Foundation) would donate $40 million to assist relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Peru and hurricane-stricken Nicaragua.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly say the announcement was made September 26.  Shakira announced the donation Thursday, September 27 in New York City.)
2007:  Dale Houston of Dale & Grace ("I'm Leaving It Up To You") died of congestive heart failure in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at the age of 67.
2008:  Bryan Morrison, manager of Pink Floyd and music publisher of the Bee Gees, Elton John, Wham!  T-Rex and Syd Barrett, died at age 66 after being in a coma for two years.  Morrison was in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club in England in 2006 and suffered severe brain injuries.
2008:  George Jones, lead singer of the Edsels (who wrote and sang "Rama Lama Ding Dong") died of cancer at his home in Youngstown, Ohio the age of 71.
2008:  Metallica owned the #1 album with Death Magnetic.
2010:  Tickets to what was to be the tour This Is It by Michael Jackson went on sale.
2012:  R.B. Greaves (nephew of Sam Cooke), who gave us "Take A Letter, Maria", died in Granada, California of prostate cancer at age 68.  (Note:  some sources report that he died in Inglewood, California or in Granada Hills, California.  Granada Hills is a community within Los Angeles, not a city.  According to 'Billboard', Greaves died in Los Angeles.)

2012:  Singer Frank Wilson ("Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" who wrote and produced for artists such as the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops and the Miracles, and also created the publishing firms Traco Music and Specolite Music, died of a lung infection while being treated for prostate cancer in Duarte, California at age 71.

Born This Day:

1936:  Don Cornelius, host and producer of the long-running television show Soul Train, was born in Chicago, Illinois; shot himself at the age of 75 on February 1, 2012 in Sherman Oaks, California.
1941:  Don Nix, saxophonist for the Mar-Keys ("Last Night") and producer of albums for Jeff Beck and Freddie King, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1943:  Randy Bachman, guitarist of the Guess Who and co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1947:  Meat Loaf (real name Marvin Lee Aday) was born in Dallas, Texas.  (Note:  Meat Loaf doesn't know when he was born; he gives various dates when asked, but the book 'The Rough Guide to Rock' by Peter Buckley, "Allmusic.com", and 'Biography.com' all say that he was born on September 27, 1947.)

1953:  Greg Ham, flautist, keyboardist, percussionist and saxophone player of Men At Work, was born in Melbourne, Australia; was found dead in his home in Melbourne April 19, 2012 after suffering a heart attack.
1953:  Robbie Shakespeare, session bass guitarist for Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh, was born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1959:  Shaun Cassidy, actor, singer, songwriter and producer, and brother of David Cassidy, was born in Los Angeles.  (Note:  some websites report Cassidy was born in Santa Monica.  The book 'From Small Screen to Vinyl:  A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records' by Bob Leszczak states that Shaun was born in Los Angeles.)  
1966:  Stephan Jenkins, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Third Eye Blind, was born in San Bernardino, California.  (Note:  some websites say Jenkins was born in Indio, California or in Oakland.  Our best research indicates he was born in San Bernardino and raised in Palo Alto.)1970:  Mark Calderon of Color Me Badd was born in Bakersfield, California.
1973:  Lee Brennan, singer, songwriter, and lead singer with the group 311, was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.
1978:  Bradley Kirk Arnold, lead singer of 3 Doors Down, was born in Escatawpa, Mississippi.
1982:  Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1984:  Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

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