This Day in Rock Music History: September 27

    1963:  Cilla Black made her live debut on Ready Steady Go! on British television singing "Love of the Loved".
    1963:  The Merseybeats opened for the Rolling Stones at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
    1964:  Ringo Starr and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were judges at a talent show to benefit the Oxfam charity.
    1964:  The Beach Boys performed "I Get Around" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
    1965:  Bob Dylan released the single "Positively 4th Street".
    1965:  Fontella Bass released "Rescue Me".

    1967:  The Beatles recorded "I Am the Walrus" and worked on "Fool on the Hill" at Abbey Road Studios in London.
    1968:  The Jackson 5 opened for Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight at a concert in Gary, Indiana.
    1969:  A new American band first hit the scene on this date, as Grand Funk Railroad (as they were first known) released their first single "Time Machine".  Whether they were on the railroad or off of it, Grand Funk was "some kind of wonderful".
    1971:  Led Zeppelin appeared at the Shiei Taikukan Hall on Hiroshima, Japan.
    1972:  Rory Storm of the Hurricanes (Ringo Starr's former band) committed suicide.
    1975:  "Do It Any Way You Wanna'" by People's Choice was the new #1 on the R&B chart.

    1975:  George Harrison had a hot song moving up the charts with "You", up from 75 to 49 on this date.
    1975:  John Denver hit #1 with "I'm Sorry".

    1975:  Red Octopus by Jefferson Starship took a turn at #1 on the album chart.  Honey from the Ohio Players was #2 but the Eagles were on their way back up with One of These Nights.  Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run came in fourth while Janis Ian's former #1 album Between the Lines fell to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Heat Is On from the Isley Brothers, Elton John's epic Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, the Allman Brothers Band rose from 43 to 8 with Win, Lose Or Draw, the Spinners were at 9 with Pick of the Litter and Fleetwood Mac entered the Top 10 for the first time with their self-titled release.
    1976:  Rod Stewart released the single "Tonight's the Night".
    1978:  Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie vs. Galatasery of Turkey.  Following the match, Clapton presented each player with a copy of his album Slowhand.
    1979:  Elton John collapsed onstage at the Universal Amphitheatre in Hollywood, California due to exhaustion brought on by the flu.  After ten minutes, John returned and finished the show.

    1979:  Blondie released the album Eat to the Beat.
    1979:  The Police released Regatta de Blanc.
    1980:  Queen remained at the top of the album chart for a second week with The Game.
    1980:  George Benson's "Give Me the Night" held on to #1 for a third week on the R&B chart.

           Air Supply captured fans from the release of their first song

    1980:  Diana Ross remained on top with "Upside Down", the #1 song for a fourth week.  In many markets, however, Australia's Air Supply's "All Out of Love" was #1.  Queen trailed those two with "Another One Bites the Dust".  George Benson moved up with "Give Me the Night" while Johnny Lee was "Lookin' for Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening", Eddie Rabbitt hopped up with "Drivin' My Life Away", Irene Cara's "Fame" was at #8, Larry Graham remained at 9 with "One In a Million You" and Kenny Loggins reached the Top 10 with "I'm Alright".
    1986:  Lionel Richie took over at #1 on the album chart with Dancing On the Ceiling.
    1986:  Twenty-two years after its release, "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles re-entered the chart after being featured on the soundtracks to Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Back to School.

    1986:  Cliff Burton of Metallica was killed at the age of 24 when the group's bus crashed in Sweden.
    1987:  Dolly Parton's television series Dolly debuted on ABC.

    1990:  Marvin Gaye was given a star posthumously on the Hollywood Walk of fame.
    1995:  Time Warner Records cut ties with rap label Interscope.
    1997:  Bob Dylan performed at the World Eucharistic Congress in Bologna, Italy to an audience including the Pope.

               Third Eye Blind with their biggest career hit

    1997:  Mariah Carey's "Honey" was #1 for a third week while Boyz II Men debuted at #2 with "4 Seasons of Loneliness".  Usher stayed at 3 with "You Make Me Wanna...", LeAnn Rimes had "How Do I Live" and the Backstreet Boys slipped with 'Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Mo Money Mo Problems" from the Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy & Mase, the Puffman was the big star of the time with Faith Evans and 112 on "I'll Be Missing You", the Spice Girls slipped with "2 Become 1", new group Third Eye Blind and "Semi-Charmed Life" and Jewell was at 10 with her double-sided hit "Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant For Me".

    1999:  Atlanta, Georgia declared today ZZ Top Day after the Texas band.
    2000:  U2 played from the rooftop of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, Ireland (which they own).  Over 4,000 fans gathered below them to listen.
    2001:  Jonathan King ("Everyone's Gone To the Moon" from1965) was sentenced to seven years in prison for the sexual assault of under-age boys.
    2002:  Vince Neil of Motley Crue pled guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for attacking a record producer in West Hollywood on April 28, 2002.
    2003:  Carly Simon sued the Dakota building in New York City, alleging she was denied application to live there but was not refunded her $99,000 down payment.
    2004 Producer Phil Spector was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.
    2006:  Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion ("Little Bit O' Soul" in 1967), died of a heart attack at the age of 57.
    2006:  In today's Inmates Run Rap Music segment, Snoop Dogg was arrested at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California for possessing a firearm.
    2007:  Dale Houston of Dale & Grace ("I'm Leaving It Up To You") died of congestive heart failure at the age of 67.
    2008:  Bryan Morrison, manager of Pink Floyd and music publisher of the Bee Gees, Elton John, Wham!  T-Rex and Syd Barrett, died after being in a coma for two years.  Morrison was in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club in England in 2006 and suffered severe brain injuries.
    2008:  George Jones, lead singer of the Edsels ("Rama Lama Ding Dong") died of cancer.
    2008:  Metallica owned the #1 album with Death Magnetic.
    2010:  Tickets to what was to be the tour This Is It by Michael Jackson went on sale.

    Born This Day:

    1936:  Don Cornelius, host and producer of the long-running television show Soul Train, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
    1941:  Don Nix, saxophonist for the Mar-Keys ("Last Night") and producer of albums for Jeff Beck and Freddie King, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

    1943:  Randy Bachman, guitarist of the Guess Who and co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

    1947:  Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) was born in Dallas, Texas.
    1953:  Greg Ham, saxophone player of Men At Work, was born in Melbourne, Australia.
    1953:  Robbie Shakespeare, session bass guitarist for Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh

    1959:  Shaun Cassidy, actor, singer, songwriter and producer, was born in Los Angeles.
    1966:  Stephan Jenkins, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Third Eye Blind, was born in Indio, California.
    1970:  Mark Calderon of Color Me Badd
    1975:  Lee Brennan 
    1978:  Bradley Kirk Arnold of 3 Doors Down
    1982:  Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    1984:  Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

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