Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This Date In Music History-April 27


Casey Kasem - 1932 - Radio announcer, DJ, host ("American Top 40), character voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo

Maxine Brown - The Browns (1932)

Cuba Gooding - Main Ingredient (1944)

Ann Peebles (1947)

Gordon Haskell - King Crimson (1947)

Kate Pierson - B-52's (1948)

Herb Murrell - Stylistics (1949)

Clive Taylor - Amen Corner (1949)

Paul Frehley - KISS (1951)

Marco Pirroni - Adam And The Ants (1959)

Sheena Easton (1959)

Rob Squires - Big Head Todd & the Monsters (1965)

Jay DeMarcus - Rascal Flatts (1971)

Bob Coombes - Supergrass (1972)

Will Boyd - Evanescence (1979)

Travis Meeks - Days of the New (1979)

Patrick Stump - Fall Out Boy (1984)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1947, Peter Ham, vocals, guitar, The Iveys and then Badfinger. Ham committed suicide on April 24, 1975.

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

Singer Vicki Sue Robinson died in 2000. She had the 1976 disco hit "Turn The Beat Around" and sang back-up vocals on Irene Cara's Top Ten hit single "Fame."


In 1957, in a rare appearance outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada where he wore his full gold lamé suit for the last time.

Lloyd Price's "Personality" was released in 1959.

Little Peggy March started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1963 with "I Will Follow Him." At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US #1 record.

John Lennon's "In His Own Write," a collection of funny poems and drawings, was published in the US in 1964.

In 1966, the Beatles finished recording the new John Lennon song "I'm Only Sleeping" at Abbey Road studios London, England.

Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" was released in 1968.

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

In 1971, the Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.

In 1974, a free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena in 1975. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana. LA Police Chief Ed Davis says “They have a dope festival. It’s called a rock concert or something.” Pot smoking at a concert, say it ain't so!

In 1976, customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.

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

USA For Africa started a three-week run at #1 on the US chart in 1985 with "We Are The World." The US artists' answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

R.E.M.'s first single, "Dead Letter Office", was released in 1987.

Poison released the album 'Open Up and Say...Ahh' in 1988.

Christian singer Amy Grant started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1991 with "Baby Baby."

Chicago scored their third US #1 album in 1994 with the imaginative title 'Chicago VII'.

Kelly Clarkson was at #1 on the US album chart in 2003 with ‘Thankful.’

In 2006, while in Fiji, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was admitted to a hospital after he reportedly suffered a head injury when he fell out of a palm tree. No word about why he was in the tree....

Also in 2006, members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band initiate a class-action suit against Sony BMG 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.

When pigs fly. In 2008, a giant inflatable pig, covered with political slogans, that was part of Roger Waters' (Pink Floyd) stage set during his performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, broke free from its mooring. Festival organizers offer $10,000 cash and four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever tracks down the dirigible. The pig crash-lands a few miles away and was found two days later.

In 2009, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.

In 2010, Hole releases “Nobody’s Daughter,” the first studio album from Courtney Love since ‘04’s “America’s Sweetheart” — and the first Hole album in over a decade. "This record is about greed, vengeance and feminism," says Love.

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