Music History: June 27
2014 R&B/soul singer Bobby Womack dies of cancer at age 70.
2012 Rihanna is very lucky to escape with her life after being among 300 people evacuated from a motel during a fire in an elevator shaft. It takes ten firefighters to put out the resulting blaze at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where Rihanna was performing at the Hackney Weekend concert.
2009 Canadian blues musician Jackie Washington dies at age 89.
2009 Gale Storm, '50s pop singer and actress who starred in the TV shows My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, dies at age 87.
2009 Soul singer Fayette Pinkney (of The Three Degrees) dies at age 61 of acute respiratory failure after a sudden illness.
2009 Neil Young performs in London's Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of "A Day In The Life."
2006 Eileen Barton, known for her 1950 hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake," dies of ovarian cancer at age 81.
1996 Fugees headline the "Hoodshock" festival in Harlem, which the group organized as a free event to encourage voter registration. Notorious B.I.G., Sean (Puffy) Combs and Wu-Tang Clan also perform, but the event makes headlines for a panic set off at the end of the festival when a man fires gunshots into the air. In the chaos, about 30 people are injured.
1995 Circle Jerks release their sixth and final studio album, Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities. It is the band's first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1992 Stefanie Sargent of 7 Year Bitch dies at age 24. After a night of drinking and drug use, she chokes to death when she vomits in her sleep.
1989 Tom Jones gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1986 Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
1980 Three songs into Led Zeppelin's concert in Nuremberg, drummer John Bonham collapses while beating out the rhythm to "Black Dog" and is rushed to the hospital, abruptly ending the show. Robert Plant jokes that he ate too many bananas before the show, but alcohol is the likely culprit. In September, Bonham dies after a night of drinking.
1976 Leigh Nash (lead vocalist for Sixpence None the Richer) is born in New Braunfels, Texas.
1976 John Lennon receives his "green card" from the US Department of Naturalization.
1975 Fandango becomes ZZ Top's second gold album.
1964 Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love" - written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney - goes to #1 in the US. The connection: McCartney is dating Peter Asher's sister, Jane.
1959 Country singer Lorrie Morgan is born Loretta Lynn Morgan in Nashville, Tennessee. Her dad is country singer George Morgan.
1951 Gilson Lavis (drummer for Squeeze) is born in Bedford, England.
1942 Bruce Johnston (of The Beach Boys) is born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, Illinois. He is adopted by William and Irene Johnston and grows up in Los Angeles.
1925 Doc Pomus, a blues singer and songwriter who would pen several hits of the rock and roll era, is born Jerome Solon Felder in Brooklyn, New York.
1729 French composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, known for her harpsichord pieces, dies at age 64.
2012In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone's death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter.
2002 John Entwistle (age 57), bassist for The Who, dies in a hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada, from a heart attack triggered by cocaine use.
1971 New York City's Fillmore East concert hall closes. The Allman Brothers Band, Edgar Winter, Country Joe McDonald and the Fish and The Beach Boys are on the bill for the last show.
1970 The group Smile change their name to Queen and perform for the first time with that name.
1960 Connie Francis becomes the first solo female act with a Hot 100 #1 hit when "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" tops the chart.