Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today in Music History...July 27, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: July 27th

2013 At Gillette Stadium in Boston, Taylor Swift brings out Carly Simon to sing with her on "You're So Vain," which like many of Swift's hits, takes aim at a famous ex. Swift claims that backstage after the show, Simon whispered in her ear the identity of the man she was singing about in "Vain."

2009 A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Michael Jackson's personal doctor administered a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and authorities believe the drug is what killed the Pop singer.

2007 The Simpsons Movie debuts. Early in the film, Green Day sink into Lake Springfield.

2006 The company behind file-sharing service Kazaa agrees to pay record labels over $115 million in damages for piracy.

2002 John Entwistle (bass guitarist for The Who) dies in Paradise, Nevada, from a cocaine-induced heart attack at age 57.

2001 Saxophonist Harold Land dies from a stroke at age 72.

2001 Leon Wilkeson (bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, from chronic liver and lung disease at age 49.

1999 Jazz trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (of Count Basie's orchestra) dies in Columbus, Ohio, at age 83.

1994 Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.

1993 Steve Vai's third solo album, Sex & Religion, is issued. The release is credited simply to "Vai," and is his first to feature traditional vocals, which were provided by a then-unknown Devin Townsend.

1992 Michael Jackson sues the London tabloid Daily Mirror over claims that too many plastic surgeries have left him permanently disfigured.

1990 "Rockin' Robin" singer Bobby Day dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 60.

1986 Nancy Wilson (of Heart) marries screenwriter Cameron Crowe at her sister Ann's home. They remain married until 2010.

1985 Paul Young hits #1 with "Everytime You Go Away," a cover of a Hall & Oates song released in 1980. It's the only Hall & Oates cover ever to make the Top 40.

1981 Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry releases her first solo album, KooKoo. Its highest charting single is "Backfired," which hits #43 in the US, but the album still sells over 500,000 copies.

1976 John Lennon ends his four-year fight to stay in the US as a special government hearing grants him a green card (Number A-17-597-321).

1976 Bruce Springsteen sues his manager Mike Appel for fraud and mismanagement. Appel counter-sues, and the legal action keeps Springsteen from recording for about 15 months, a time Springsteen spends touring. The case eventually settles out of court.

1974 After 23 years, Dinah Shore leaves the NBC-TV network when it cancels her morning program Dinah's Place in order to concentrate on game shows.

1974 John Denver's "Annie's Song" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1973 The self-titled debut by the New York Dolls is released via Mercury Records (and produced by Todd Rundgren). The album spawns such glam/proto-punk classics as "Personality Crisis," "Looking for a Kiss," "Trash," and "Jet Boy."

1973 Thousands of people hit Watkins Glen, New York, for the "Summer Jam" one day before the music festival is scheduled to begin. The crowd is already so large and so raucous that The Band turn their sound-check into a mini-set. The Allman Brothers Band follows in similar character by rocking through "One Way Out" and "Ramblin' Man." The Grateful Dead come next with a two-set explosion. This impromptu jam tires them not at all, and the next day they still scramble psyches with two long sets.

1968 A riot erupts at Chicago's Grant Park after Sly & the Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.

1968 The Rascals release "People Got To Be Free."

1968 Mama Cass Elliot releases "Dream A Little Dream Of Me."

1967 Singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield is born in Wiscasset, Maine.

1962 Karl Mueller (bassist for Soul Asylum) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1961 The Tokens record "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

1959 Santo and Johnny release "Sleep Walk."

1958 A study by Esso Oil (formerly Standard Oil, eventually Exxon) finds that drivers speed more and therefore waste more gas when listening to the new fad of rock-and-roll music.

1957 The Bobbettes "Mr. Lee" enters the charts.

1950 Michael "Mick" Vaughan (rhythm guitarist for Paper Lace) is born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

1949 Singer/actress Maureen McGovern is born in Youngstown, Ohio.

1947 Andy McMaster (of The Motors) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1944 Country/Pop singer Bobbie Gentry is born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

1942 Peggy Lee records "Why Don't You Do Right?"

1940 Billboard issues its first chart detailing what records are selling the most copies. Titled "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" it's a precursor to the Hot 100 and the first to count record sales (the existing charts are for sheet music sales, jukebox play and radio plugs). It's not an exact science, as Billboard polls record stores to find out what is selling - a practice that stays in effect until the '90s, when call-a-clerk is replaced with Soundscan technology. The first chart is dominated by big band hits, with "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey (featuring Frank Sinatra on vocals) at #1 and three songs by Glenn Miller in the Top 10.

1933 Folk musician Nick Reynolds (of the The Kingston Trio) is born in San Diego, California.

1929 R&B singer/songwriter Harvey Fuqua (of The Moonglows) is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

1927 Bob Morse (of the Jazz/Pop vocal group The Hi-Lo's) is born in Pasadena, California.

1924 Italian composer/pianist Ferruccio Busoni dies.

1922 Record producer Bob Thiele is born in New York City. Co-wrote Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" under the pseudonym George Douglas.

1920 Henry D. "Homer" Haynes (of the country music parody duo Homer and Jethro) is born near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Prince Stars In Purple Rain

1984Prince stars in the film Purple Rain. The movie, in which he plays as an upstart musician who clashes with his band, parallels his life story, but is not strictly autobiographical, and he didn't write or direct it.
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1996 "Wannabe" hits #1 in the UK, making the Spice Girls the first all-female group to top the chart with their debut single.

1983 Madonna releases her first album. The self-titled debut doesn't burn up the charts and is derided by Rolling Stone (which calls her voice "irritating as hell"), but gets traction in dance clubs, setting the stage for her breakout second album, Like A Virgin.

1976 Later depicted in the movie What's Love Got to Do with It, Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband Ike. They had been married 16 years.

1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases "Sweet Home Alabama."

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