Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today in Music History...December 27, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 27th:


2016 Actress Carrie Fisher, known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, dies of a heart attack at age 60. The daughter of Singin' in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds and former wife of Paul Simon (see "Hearts And Bones"), she also inspired the Blink-182 song "A New Hope": "Princess Leia where are you tonight; and who's laying there by your side."

2014 Alicia Keys gives birth to a second son, Genesis Ali Dean, with husband Swizz Beatz.

2013 Vanessa Carlton marries John McCauley of Deer Tick in a ceremony officiated by Stevie Nicks.More

2008 Delaney Bramlett (of the '70s blues-rock duo Delaney & Bonnie) dies from complications of gall bladder surgery at age 69.

2004 Hank Garland, a Nashville session guitarist who performed with Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, dies of a staph infection at age 74.

2003 Dick St. John (of the '60s pop duo Dick & Dee Dee) dies at age 63 after a fall from the roof of his home.

1989 Chuck Berry is sued by the former cook of his restaurant - The Southern Air, in Wentzville, Missouri - who claims Berry installed hidden cameras in the ladies restrooms and collected the videos. Over 200 former customers take part in a class action suit against Berry, which is eventually settled out of court.

1983 Rock 'n' roll singer Walter Scott (of Bob Kuban & the In-Men) is shot in the back and left floating in a cistern, where he is found four years later. James H. Williams Sr., who married Scott's second wife, JoAnn, after the singer's disappearance, is found guilty of the murder. JoAnn also receives a five-year prison sentence for hindering the prosecution.

1982 Billy Joel plays a benefit concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania as his song "Allentown" makes its way up the charts.

1981 "Georgia On My Mind" composer Hoagy Carmichael dies of heart failure at age 82.

1978 Big Star guitarist Chris Bell dies in a car accident at age 27.

1978 Bob Luman, known for the 1960 novelty hit "Let's Think About Living," dies of pneumonia at age 41.

1975 The Faces are formally disbanded.

1974 Bob Dylan records "Idiot Wind" and "You're A Big Girl Now."

1972 Matt Slocum (lead guitarist for Sixpence None the Richer) is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1971 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour begins a regular run on CBS after previously serving as a summer replacement. It stays on the air for three years.

1969 Diana Ross & The Supremes' "Someday, We'll Be Together" hits #1 in the US.

1969 Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II hits #1 on the American albums chart.

1967 Bob Dylan releases John Wesley Harding.

1965 Davy Jones plays a junkie on the "If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser" episode of the TV series Ben Casey. Jones soon lands a lead role on The Monkees.

1964 The Supremes appear on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, singing "Come See About Me." They would go on to appear 20 more times on Sullivan (14 with Diana Ross), more than any other rock act.

1963 London's Sunday Times names Paul McCartney and John Lennon the Outstanding Composers of 1963.

1960 Ray Charles records "One Mint Julep."

1958 While attending a class at the Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon meets student Cynthia Powell, later to become his first wife.

1952 David Knopfler (rhythm guitarist for Dire Straits) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1951 Folk rocker Karla Bonoff is born in Santa Monica, California. Linda Ronstadt covered several of her songs for the 1976 album Hasten Down The Wind, including "All My Life, a popular duet with Aaron Neville.

1950 Terry Bozzio (drummer for Missing Persons, Captain Beefheart) is born in San Francisco, California.

1948 Larry Byrom (guitarist for Steppenwolf) is born in Huntsville, Alabama.

1947 Albert Hodges, the father of English singer-songwriter Chas Hodges (of Chas & Dave), commits suicide the day before his son's fourth birthday.

1944 Mick Jones (guitarist for Foreigner) is born in Somerton, Somerset, England.

1944 Amy Beach, composer and popular concert pianist, dies of heart disease at age 77.

1943 Peter Sinfield (keyboardist, lyricist for King Crimson) is born in Fulham, London, England.

1942 Mike Heron (of Incredible String Band) is born James Michael Heron in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1941 Les Maguire (pianist for Gerry and the Pacemakers) is born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

1941 Mike Pinder (original keyboardist for The Moody Blues) is born in Erdington, Birmingham, England.

1940 Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler divorce after a dozen years of marriage.

1932 With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, the world's largest indoor theater of the time, Radio City Music Hall, opens in New York City with a massive six-hour show.

1931 Jazz pianist Walter Norris is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1931 Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley's original guitarist) is born in Gadsden, Tennessee.

1906 Hollywood composer and pianist Oscar Levant is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John Lennon's "Starting Over" Hits #1

Weeks after his death, John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" goes to #1 in America.

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1986 "Reet Petite," a #6 UK hit for Jackie Wilson in 1957, goes to #1 29 years later when it is re-released, and stays at the top for four weeks. Wilson died three years earlier after being incapacitated by a heart attack.

1985 The Krush Groove Christmas party becomes the first rap show held at Madison Square Garden. A tie-in with the movie Krush Groove, the concert features performances by LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Whodini and other acts who appeared in the film. The event makes headlines for the violence that follows, as 14 people are arrested for various crimes.

1975 The #1 song in America is "Let's Do It Again," a surprisingly lubricious song by the gospel group the The Staple Singers. The song was written by Curtis Mayfield for the film of the same name starring Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.

1967 After establishing his career as a poet and writer, Leonard Cohen releases his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, on Columbia Records. The album doesn't sell particularly well at first, peaking at #83 on the Billboard charts, but Cohen's powerful voice and lyrics in oft-covered tracks like "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" become highly influential.

1960 Returning from Hamburg, Germany, The Beatles play a show in their hometown of Liverpool, England, with Chas Newby filling in for Stu Sutcliffe, who stays in Germany and never rejoins the band. The show gets a lot of attention, and is an early taste of Beatlemania.
1927 Show Boat opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway, changing the paradigm for modern musicals.

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