Events that happened on this day, December 27
1960 – On this day, December 27 in music history – Ray Charles recorded ‘One Mint Julep’.
1963 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon were named as ‘The Outstanding Composers of 1963′ by the music critics of The Times. However, only two days later, a critic from the Sunday Times praised them as ‘the greatest composers since Beethoven.’
1964 – The Supremes made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show singing ‘Come See About Me’.
1967 – On this day, December 27 – Bob Dylan released his eight studio album called John Wesley Harding.
1967 – Leonard Cohen released his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen. However, the album did not sell as expected and reached only #83 on the Billboard album charts. Even though songs like ‘Suzanne’ and ‘So Long, Marianne’ did great on their own.
1969 – With Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin topped the US album charts. Which was also their first album to reach number one in the UK and the US.
1975 – With ‘A Night at the Opera’, Queen started a two week run at number one on the UK album chart. Also their first No.1 album.
1975 – Rod Stewart cut all ties with his group to work as a solo artist and The Faces split became official. Drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who, Ronnie Lane formed Slim Chance while Ronnie Wood became a permanent member of the Rolling Stones.
1978 – Chris Bell died in a car accident at the age of 27.
1980 – Three weeks after his death, John Lennon‘s Double Fantasy started an eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart. While ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ started a five-week run at the top of the singles chart.
John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
1982 – Billy Joel played a charity concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1983 – Walter Scott (of Bob Kuban & the In-men) was murdered by his second wife’s lover. His body however, was found 4 years later floating in a cistern.
1986 – Almost three years later after his death, Jackie Wilson had the No.1 single in the UK with ‘Reet Petite’. Even though the song in question was 29 years old at the time of re-release.
1989 – Chuck Berry was sued by a former cook of his restaurant who claimed that Berry had installed hidden cameras in the ladies restrooms and collected the videos.
1999 – Puff Diddy and Jenifer Lopez were arrested after a gun was found in their car because the Police were investigating a shooting in the club.
2003 – Because of a fall from the roof of his home, Dick St. John died at the age of 63.
2004 – Due to a staph infection, Hank Garland on this day, December 27 aged 74.
2008 – Due to complications of gall bladder surgery, Delaney Bramlett died at the age of 69.
2008 – With ‘Fearless’, Taylor Swift started a seven-week run at the top of the US album charts.
2015 – Stephen Carlton Wright, also known as Little Stevie died aged 68 on this day in music history.
Born on this day, December 27 in music history
1931 – Born on this day, December 27 – guitarist Scotty Moore in Gadsden, Tennessee.
1931 – Born on this day in music history – jazz pianist Walter Norris in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1941 – Pianist Les Maguire was born on this day, December 27 in England.
1941 – English rock musician Mike Pinder was born on this day, December 27 in Birmingham, England.
1942 – Scottish musician Mike Heron was born on this day in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1944 – Born on this day, December 27 – founding member of Foreigner, Mick Jones.
1948 – Larry Byrom was born on this day, December 27 in Huntsville, Alabama. Also known as a guitarist for Steppenwolf.
1952 – British musician David Knopfler was born on this day in Glasgow, Scotland.
1960 – Martin Glover, also known as Youth was born on this day in England. Him and Paul McCartney are part of the Fireman experimental duo.