EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MAY 27
1957 – Buddy Holly and The Crickets released their first single ‘That’ll Be the Day’ on this day, May 27 in music history. It was also the first song that the Quarrymen (group that evolved into The Beatles) recorded. The record topped the UK singles chart while in the US it peaked at number three.
1963 – Bob Dylan released his second studio album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan‘ through Columbia Records. And even though a semi self-titled album, it contains only two songs that he penned. The record reached number one in the UK while in the US it stalled at #22 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1963 – A month and a half after releasing it in the UK, The Beatles released ‘From Me to You’ in the US as well. And while the record topped the charts in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand it only managed to reach #16 in America.
1964 – A school in Coventry, England suspended eleven schoolboys because they showed up in class with hairstyles like Mick Jagger! Imagine the outrage in the media if this happened today. How drastically some things have changed since the previous century…incredible.
1971 – Canadian rock band The Bells received a Gold record for ‘Stay Awhile’, a single from their album ‘Fly, Little White Dove, Fly’. The song previously topped the charts in Canada while in the US it made it into the Top 10 on three charts.
1972 – The soul vocal group The Chi-Lites scored their first and last number one hit on the US singles charts. In Canada the song reached #9 while in the UK it peaked at #14.
1977 – Neil Young released his eight studio album ‘American Stars ‘n Bars‘ through Reprise/Warner Bros Records. It featured one of the singer’s most famous tunes ‘Like a Hurricane’.
1977 – Punk rock band the Sex Pistols released their highly controversial song ‘God Save The Queen’. Even though multiple record stores and the BBC sabotaged it, they still managed to sell over 150,000 copies in the first week of release. The record also topped the UK NME chart and went to number two on the official UK singles chart.
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
1983 – With ‘Hand in Glove’, a debut single from their debut self-titled studio album, The Smiths went to number three on the UK Indie chart. While on the official UK singles chart it didn’t even make the Top 75.
1987 – The noise and vibrations during a U2 concert in Rome were so strong that even the alarms for earthquake got activated.
1989 – As a milestone for his 100th single, Cliff Richard released his own version of ‘The Best of Me’. He debuted at #2 on the Irish and British singles charts. Which was also the peak position he saw for the tune.
1994 – After a fourteen years long hiatus, the Eagles finally reunited and played their first gig together. They made an appearance at a show in Burbank, California. And as of May, 2019 they are still touring and playing since that day.
1999 – At the annual Ivor Novello Awards, Rod Stewart received a Lifetime Achievement Award. While Robbie Williams won the Songwriter of the Year award alongside Guy Chambers.
2003 – Italian composer Luciano Berio died on this day, May 27 in music history at the age of 77. Besides his experimental work, he was also known for his pioneering work in electronic music.
2004 – A year and few months after the death of Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees were made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace in London.
2006 – After two decades and eight albums, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally scored their first No.1 LP in the US. They achieved such feat with their ninth studio album ‘Stadium Arcadium‘.
2017 – Gregg Allman died due to complications from liver cancer on this day, May 27 in music history, aged 69. Best known as founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MAY 27 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1922 – English singer and actor Christopher Lee was born on this day, May 27 in Belgravia, London. On his 90th birthday in 2012 he released a heavy metal song called ‘Let Legend Mark Me as the King’.
1935 – American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality Ramsey Lewis was born on this day, May 27 in music history.
1943 – English singer Priscilla White also known professionally as Cilla Black was born in Vauxhall, Liverpool.
1945 – Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Bruce Cockburn was born on this day, May 27 in music history.
1947 – English folk musician Peter Knight was born on this day in London. Best known for his work with British folk rock group Steeleye Span.
1948 – English rock musician Pete Sears was born on this day, May 27 in music history. Best known for his work with Jefferson Starship and collaborations with musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, David Crosby and many others.
1957 – English singer-songwriter Susan Ballion also known professionally as Siouxsie Sioux was born in London. Best known as the lead singer for Siouxsie and the Banshees.
1957 – Canadian keyboardist Eddie Harsch was born on this day, May 27 in music history. Best remembered for his work with The Black Crowes and Bulldog.
1958 – Singer-songwriter and musician Neil Finn was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Best known as the frontman for Split Enz and Crowded House.
1966 – Founding member and drummer for Alice in Chains, Sean Kinney was born on this day in Seattle, Washington.
1971 – American singer-songwriter and record producer Lisa Lopes also known as Left Eye was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Best remembered for her work with R&B girl group TLC.
1975 – American rapper, singer and record producer André 3000 (André Benjamin) was born on this day, May 27 in music history.
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