Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today in Music History...January 27, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 27th:


2014 Pete Seeger dies at age 94.

2013 A fight breaks out after Frank Ocean accuses Chris Brown of taking his parking space at a Los Angeles recording studio. Brown throws a punch at Ocean, and threatens to shoot him, allegedly shouting: "We can bust on you too!"

2009 Bruce Springsteen releases Working On A Dream.

2005 Following a suicide attempt, Capitol Records artist Houston gouges out one of his eyes. The singer first attempts to jump out of a London hotel window. Prevented from doing so by his security staff, Houston is locked in his room, at which time the self-inflicted eye injury occurs.

2002 Koko Taylor collapses during a private function at her club, Koko Taylor's Celebrity, in Chicago, Illinois, after failing to take her diabetic medication. Doctors also discover arterial blockage in her heart.

1991 At the Speakeasy club in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre roughs up Dee Barnes, the female host of a rap music TV show called Pump It Up. Dre, who was upset over a segment on the show, later reached a settlement with Barnes, who filed a $22.7 million lawsuit.

1979 Keith Morris (vocals), Gregg Ginn (guitar), Chuck Dukowski (bass) and Brian Migdol (drums) play live for the first time under the Black Flag moniker in Redondo Beach, California.

1976 Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement and begins traveling the world, spending time in Paris, Thailand, and New Zealand before a 1977 bankruptcy forces him back into action.

1976 David Bowie sues his former attorney, Michael Lippan, for unfair business practices and withholding of funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.

1973 Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" hits #1, where it stays for one week.

1972 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson dies from heart failure and diabetes complications in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at age 60.

1972 The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" is certified gold.

1971 David Bowie arrives in the United States for the first time, not to perform, but to do a series of interviews. He creates a stir by wearing a dress to many of the appearances.

1970 Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel drummer) is born.

1969 The Beatles record "Get Back" and "I've Got A Feeling."

1968 Mike Patton (lead singer of Faith No More) is born in Eureka, California.

1964 The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC's Juke Box Jury show as panelists. Their impolite behavior - including referring to Elvis' latest single as "dated" - causes a furor in the British press.

1962 Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" is certified gold.

1962 Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1961 Gillian Gilbert (New Order keyboardist) is born in Whalley Range, Manchester, England.

1961 Margo Timmins (lead vocalist of Cowboy Junkies) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is one of six children, including brothers Michael and Peter, who become her bandmates.

1956 Elvis Presley releases "Heartbreak Hotel."

1951 Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy drummer) is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1951 Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band keyboardist) is born in Washington, D.C.

1948 Kim Gardner (of Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) is born in Dulwich, London, England.

1946 Nedra Talley (of The Ronettes) is born in New York City.

1944 Rocker Kevin Coyne is born in Derby, England.

1944 Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is born in Birmingham, England.

1944 The Siege of Leningrad ends, a harsh military operation undertaken by Germany under Hitler's command to attempt to seize the Russian city. The Decemberists would later commemorate this event with their song "When The War Came."

1931 Rudi Maugeri (of The Crew-Cuts) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1930 Bobby "Blue" Bland is born Robert Calvin Brooks in Barretville, Tennessee.

1919 Ross Bagdasarian is born in Fresno, California. Using the stage name David Seville, he would create the The Chipmunks.

1918 Lyle "Skitch" Henderson is born on a farm near Halstad, Minnesota. As a pianist and composer, he will work with the likes of Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby.

1918 Elmore James is born Elmore Brooks in Richland, Mississippi.

1916 Swing jazz pianist Milt Raskin is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1895 Composer Harry Ruby ("A Kiss to Build a Dream On") is born in New York City.

1895 Film producer, record executive and occasional lyricist Buddy DeSylva is born George Gard DeSylva in New York. He co-wrote the Al Jolson hit "April Showers."

1885 Pop composer Jerome Kern ("The Way You Look Tonight") is born in New York City.

1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria.

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2015 Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts are hacked, resulting in bogus tweets to her 51 million followers (the fourth-largest Twitter account). Swift takes to Tumblr, where she posts: "Hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack." She also assures fans that no nude photos exist.

2014 The day after winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for The Heist, Macklemore takes to Instagram, where he posts a screenshot of his text to Kendrick Lamar, whose good kid, m.A.A.d city was one of the nominees. The Seattle rapper texted: "I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you."

Macklemore takes some flak for the post, which many feel is disingenuous (Drake calls it "wack"). Lamar is more charitable. "Macklemore is a genuine dude," he says. "However it panned out, I wish him much success." On his 2016 track "Light Tunnels," Mac recounts these events.

2014 Billy Joel begins his residency at Madison Square Garden, where he plays once a month as long as there is demand.More

2001 "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child tops the US Hot 100 for the 11th consecutive week, a record for an all-girl group.

1980 At the Gaumont theater in Southampton, England, AC/DC play their last show with Bon Scott. The electrifying frontman dies on February 19 after a night of excessive drinking.

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