Music History: April 27
2016 Beyoncé kicks off her Formation tour with a show in Miami. Her first solo stadium tour, it features new tracks from her album Lemonade and new takes on many of her old hits.
2015 Journey keyboard player Jonathan Cain marries celebrity preacher Paula White and begins recording worship music, releasing the album What God Wants To Hear in 2016. It's the third marriage for both.More
2014 BBC Radio Devon DJ David Lowe (not to be confused with the composer of the same name), plays an early version of "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" on his program, which results in his resignation due to the racial slurs in the lyrics.
2009 Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament is robbed outside the Atlanta studio where the band is recording. Thieves steal cash and equipment in the attack, which is reported by Rolling Stone.
2008 Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.
2007 Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich dies at age 80 of intestinal cancer.
2006 62-year-old Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones falls out of a palm tree while vacationing in Fiji and goes to the hospital with a concussion, creating a rare news event on the island.
2004 Elton John publicly responds to American Idol's snub of Jennifer Hudson by declaring the call-in voters "incredibly racist."
2002 Hillous Butrum (bass player for Hank Williams' backing band, Drifting Cowboys) dies at age 74.
2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, who had a disco hit with "Turn The Beat Around," dies of cancer at age 45.
1999 Jazz trumpeter Al Hirt dies at age 76 of liver failure.
1999 R.E.M. makes its television series debut on Fox’s Party of Five.
1999 The Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
1994 Ace of Base's Jenny Berggren is attacked in her parents' home by Manuela Behrendt, a 21-year-old German "fan" wielding a hunting knife. After stabbing Berggren's mother in the hands during a scuffle, Behrendt is arrested and banned from returning to Sweden.
1994 San Francisco's legendary rock venue the Fillmore Auditorium reopens, with performances by The Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1992 Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle and husband Morgan Mason have their first child in Los Angeles. They name the boy after his grandfather, actor James Mason.
1992 French composer Olivier Messiaen dies in Paris, France, at age 83.
1987 U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket."
1984 Patrick Stump, lead singer of Fall Out Boy, is born Patrick Martin Stumph in Evanston, Illinois. He'll grow up in nearby Glenview.
1984 Blues singer Arziel "Z.Z." Hill, known for the 1982 Down Home album that was a fixture on the soul album chart for nearly two years, dies at age 48 when a blood clot caused by a car accident months before spurs a heart attack.
1981 The Beatle and the Bond Girl: Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach after meeting her on the set of the movie Caveman. They defy Hollywood odds and stay together.
1979 Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Wonder performs his Ellington encomium "Sir Duke" along with Ellington's "C-Jam Blues."
1978 Bob Dylan records "No Time To Think," "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)," "True Love Tends To Forget," and "Changing Of The Guard."
1974 Ray Stevens releases "The Streak."
1972 24-year-old Phil King, a former booking agent for Blue Oyster Cult, is murdered over a gambling debt, inspiring the band's song "Deadline."
1970 John Lennon's explicit "Bag One" lithographs are returned to the London Arts Gallery exhibition after a High Court judge rules them "unlikely to deprave or corrupt."
1969 Joe Cocker makes his TV debut, singing "Feelin' Alright" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1968 Simon and Garfunkel release "Mrs. Robinson."
1967 The Beatles record "Magical Mystery Tour."
1966 The Beatles record "I'm Only Sleeping."
1964 John Lennon's first book of prose and poetry, In His Own Write, is published in the US.
1964 The Beatles release "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You."
1963 With The Beatles yet to enter the picture, the Hot 100 has some unremarkable chart-toppers. On this day, "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March claims the top spot.
1963 Martha and the Vandellas' "Come and Get These Memories" enters the charts.
1960 Elvis Presley records "Shoppin' Around," "Didja' Ever," "Doin' The Best I Can," "G.I. Blues," "Frankfort Special," and "Tonight Is So Right For Love."
1959 Sheena Easton is born in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of six children.
1959 Lloyd Price releases "Personality."
1958 Kate Pierson (vocalist, keyboardist for The B-52's) is born in Weehawken, New Jersey.
1957 Elvis Presley makes his second and last appearance outside of the US, wearing his classic gold lame suit for the last time as he plays Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
1956 Bryan Harvey (frontman for House Of Freaks, Energy Crisis) is born in Richmond, Virginia.
1956 Capitol Records signs Gene Vincent, intending to market him as the next Elvis.
1951 Ace Frehley of Kiss is born Paul Frehley in the Bronx, New York.
1949 Soul singer Herbie Murrell (The Stylistics) is born in Lane, South Carolina.
1948 Clive Taylor (bass guitarist for Amen Corner) is born in Cardiff, Wales.
1947 Pete Ham (frontman for Badfinger) is born in Swansea, Wales.
1947 Memphis soul singer-songwriter Ann Peebles is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1946 Singer and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Haskell (Les Fleur de Lys) is born in Verwood, England.
1944 Soul singer Cuba Gooding, Sr. (The Main Ingredient) is born in New York City.
1940 Hoots Mon! opens in the UK.
1933 Jazz guitarist Calvin Newborn is born in Whiteville, Tennessee.
1932 Country singer Maxine Brown (The Browns) is born in Campti, Louisiana.
1932 American DJ Casey Kasem is born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, Michigan.
1904 Syd Nathan, King Records founder who signed James Brown, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
British Acts Vanish From American Chart2002
For the first time since 1963, there are no British acts in the US Hot 100, as Americans reject acts like Blur, Oasis and Robbie Williams.
2012 Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US president Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen. Dylan is only the 29th musician to receive the award. Previous recipients include Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, and Irving Berlin.
2008 A nearly naked photo of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus makes the entertainment news when it appears in Vanity Fair. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the photo is more tasteful than scandalous, revealing Miley's back but not much else. Cyrus, under contract with Disney, later claims she was coerced into taking the photo.
2003 Iggy Pop reunites with The Stooges for the first time in 30 years to close out the Coachella festival. In 2010, the Stooges enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1976 After a trip to Moscow, David Bowie is detained in vain on a train at the Poland-Russian border by customs officers who don't appreciate his collection of Nazi books and mementos. Bowie claims he is researching a film on Joseph Goebbels, and is released after a few hours.