On this day, February 27 In Music History

On this day, February 27 In Music History


1960 – The Miracles made their first TV appearance on this day, February 27 with the song ‘American Bandstand’.

1961 – With ‘Pony Time’ Chubby Checker topped the US singles chart. The song would eventually stay on #1 for 4 more weeks. He also had a No.1 hit with ‘The Twist’ five months earlier.

1964 – The Rolling Stones made an appearance on the BBC TV-show Top Of The Pops while performing ‘Not Fade Away’.

1967 – At Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd were working on their debut album and recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’. Single that later topped the UK singles chart but didn’t even manage to enter the Hot 100 in the US.


1968 – American singer and songwriter Frankie Lymon died at the age of 25 due to a heroin overdose. Also known as the lead singer of The Teenagers.

1970 – Jefferson Airplane fined $1,000 in Oklahoma City because they used profanities while on stage.

1971 – Five months after her death, Janis Joplin‘s second studio album ‘Pearl’ started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart.

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1972 – After the concert in New Zealand the previous day, Led Zeppelin appeared in front of 25,000 fans in Sydney, Australia.

1976 – Rolling Stone’s lead singer Mick Jagger hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection.

1977 – Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richards arrested for heroin possession after a police raid of his hotel room in Toronto.

1980 – Billy Joel and The Doobie Brothers won Grammy Awards for record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best male pop vocal performance. While Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire won Grammys for best R&B performance and best R&B group vocal performance.

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

1988 – With ‘Father Figure’George Michael topped the US single chart but it ranked only No.11 in the UK. Which also was the first time he failed to reach the top ten in his home country.

1991 – After serving only two of his six-year sentence because of drug and assault charges, James Brown was released on a parole from a prison in South Carolina.

1993 – With ‘I Will Always Love You’Whitney Houston dethroned Boyz II Men for the longest ever run on the top of the US singles chart where it stayed for 14 consecutive weeks. However, couple years later her record was broken by the same group she dethroned in the first place.

1995 – English musician Polly Jean Harvey also known as PJ Harvey, released her first solo album ‘To Bring You My Love’.

1996 – American punk rock band Bad Religion released their ninth studio album ‘The Gray Race’.

2000 – A mini series about The Beach Boys started airing on ABC.

2004 – American singer-songwriter Bobby Brown sentenced to 90 days in prison because of a three months unpaid child support. However, he paid the $15,000 fine and only spend six days in prison.

2011 – American blues musician Eddie Kirkland died at the age of 87.

2013 – American soul and R&B singer Richard Street died at the age of 70.

2015 – Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexual assaults he omitted on 3 underage girls in the 70s and 80s.

2016 – With ‘Stressed Out’Twenty One Pilots reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100.


1951 – English singer and songwriter Steve Harley was born on this day, February 27. Also known as frontman of the rock group Cockney Rebel, with whom he still tours.

1954 – American musician Neal Schon was born on this day in Oklahoma. Best known as guitarist for Santana and co-founder of Journey and Bad English.

1957 – Iron Maiden‘s guitarist Adrian Smith was born on this day, February 27 in London.

1959 –  Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1960 – English singer and songwriter Paul David Humphreys was born on this day in Merseyside, England.

1971 – TLC‘s Rozonda Thomas also known as Chilli was born Atlanta, Georgia.

1981 – American musician and record producer Josh Groban was born on this day, February 27 in California. He was the best selling artist of 2007 in America.

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