Sunday, April 27, 2008

This Date In Music History- April 27

Casey Kasem ("American Top 40") and voice of Scooby Doo's Shaggy is 76.

Al Hirt ("Java") died of liver disease in 1999.

In 1976, David Bowie was detained on a train trip from Russia to Poland for having Nazi books (research for a project).

Nearly three years to the day after it opened, New York's Studio 54 disco closed in 1980.

At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a #1 record in the US when "I Will Follow Him" reached the top of the Billboard chart in 1963. Her producers stuck the "Little" to her stage name despite her strenuous objections.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suffered a brain hemorrhage after falling out of a palm tree on the island of Fiji in 2006. The Richards’ family were on vacation. Doctors say the rock warhorse will need an operation to drain his skull. Maybe it knocked some sense into him…or not.

Iggy Pop reunited with the Stooges for the first time in decades in 2003, on the closing night of California's Coachella Festival. Other performers include the White Stripes, the Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, the Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.

Here’s a surprise- During Pink Floyd's five-night stand at the Los Angeles Arena in 1975, 511 audience members are busted for smoking marijuana.

Joe Cocker made his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969.

In 1969, John Lennon's book In His Own Write was published in the U.S. Newsweek , who declared that the Beatles singer/guitarist is "an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense."

Sheena Easton was born in Scotland in 1959. She shocked the world by turning from that nice girl who sang "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" to a Prince protegee who invited you inside her "Sugar Walls."

Ace Frehley was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1952. And his name isn't really Ace, it's Paul.

Ann Peebles, one of America's finest soul singers and the voice behind "I Can't Stand the Rain," was born in St. Louis in 1947.

Also in 1947, Badfinger's tragic songwriter Peter Ham was born in Swansea, Wales.

Cuba Gooding, lead singer with the Main Ingredient and dad of Cuba Gooding Jr., was born in New York in 1944.

The Fillmore club reopened in San Francisco in 1994.

Singer Kate Pierson (The B-52's) was born in Weehawken, NJ in 1948.

Members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band initiate a class-action suit against Sony BMG in 2006, claiming that the music company hasn't paid them what’s due from digital-download sales. The action also includes ring tone sales. Cheap Trick and the Allmans ask for more than $25 million in damages.