Music History: September 27th:
2016 Bruce Springsteen publishes his autobiography, Born To Run. He started working on it after his 2009 performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.
2011 Johnnie Wright (of Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys) dies in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 97.
2007 Dale Houston (of Dale & Grace) dies of heart failure at age 67.
2006 Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get through Congress.
2003 Carly Simon sues the owners of New York's famous Dakota apartment complex, claiming they kept her $59,000 down payment after rejecting her rental application.
2001 Singer Jonathan King, best known for his 1965 hit "Everyone's Gone To The Moon," is found guilty of molesting several young boys and sentenced to seven years in prison.
2000 Quincy Jones' Listen Up Foundation donates $25,000 to five South Central Los Angeles youth organizations. The endowments, made in the names of the five teens who make up Listen Up's From South Central To South Africa youth delegation, are presented during a reception at the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. The five teens - Martha Gonzalez, JeJuana Johnson, Megan Yaleh Meaway, Hector Sanchez, and Omari Trice - traveled to the Orange Farm Township, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the country's most disadvantaged communities, to build homes for three South African families.
1994 Egyptian-Canadian singer-songwriter Raffi releases Bananaphone, an album of children's music. Nothing very notable at the time seems apparent; however, the title song becomes a viral Internet craze in 2004 when a Flash animation featuring the song is posted on the website Newgrounds. After this, Raffi becomes internationally famous, and "Bananaphone" makes it onto the radio and later radio and TV shows including The Opie & Anthony Show, The Colbert Report, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
1990 Marvin Gaye receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.
1987 Austin Carlile is born in Pensacola, Florida. He fronts the metal groups Attack! Attack!, and later, Of Mice & Men, leaving in 2016 when his genetic condition called Marfan syndrome becomes too much to bear.
1984 Avril Lavigne is born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. She is raised in Napanee, Ontario.
1984 Alphaville releases "Forever Young."
1982 Rapper Lil Wayne is born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age 9, he becomes the youngest member of Cash Money Records.
1981 Gracie Fields dies on the island of Capri aged 81.
1979 While onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, Elton John collapses from "exhaustion." The song he'd been performing, ominously, was entitled "Better Off Dead."
1979 Jimmy McCulloch (lead guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings) dies of heroin-induced heart failure in Maida Vale, North West London, at age 26.
1976 After appearing on the The Porter Wagoner Show for seven years, Dolly Parton gets her own TV variety show, Dolly!, which premieres on ABC. The show lasts one season; Parton returns in 1987 with another variety show, this time unexclaimed: Dolly.
1976 Ringo Starr releases Ringo's Rotogravure.
1975 John Denver's "I'm Sorry" hits #1, giving him his second chart-topper of the year, following "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."
1973 After becoming a devotee of the guru Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana starts using the name Devadip, which means "the Lamp of the Light Supreme."
1970 Mark Calderon (of Color Me Badd) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1970 After 22 years on various networks, the last Ted Mack's Amateur Hour show airs on CBS.
1969 A new version of The Dells' 1956 hit "Oh What A Night," now with a sonorous spoken intro, goes to #1 on the R&B chart.
1968 Flatt & Scruggs play the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, bringing bluegrass to a city known for its psychedelic sound. "The hippies were coming up and touching Scruggs and saying 'You're for real,'" producer Bob Johnston recalls.
1967 The Beatles record "I Am The Walrus" and "The Fool On The Hill."
1966 Stephan Jenkins (frontman for Third Eye Blind) is born in Indio, California.
1964 In their national TV debut, The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing "I Get Around."
1962 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas record "I'll Have To Let Him Go."
1958 Pop singer/actor Shaun Cassidy is born in Los Angeles, California. Although he doesn't join The Partridge Family cast with mom Shirley Jones and half-brother David Cassidy, he stars on The Hardy Boys Mysteries and lands a trio of Top 10 hits in 1977 - including the chart-topper "Da Doo Ron Ron."
1954 The first national Tonight Show with Steve Allen is telecast.
1953 Greg Ham (keyboard/flute player for Men At Work) is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1952 Patti Page's "I Went To Your Wedding" hits #1.
1952 Bassist Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly and Robbie) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1947 Johnny Ace's "My Song" hits #1 R&B.
1947 Meat Loaf is born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas.
1944 Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1942 In Passaic, New Jersey, Glenn Miller plays his last concert as a civilian. Ten days later he joins the Army, where he performs for troops. In December 1944, his plane disappears over the Atlantic Ocean.
1941 Don Nix (Booker T. & the MG's) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1938 Artie Shaw records "Nightmare."
1938 Comedian Bob Hope premieres a new song, "Thanks For The Memory," on his eponymous NBC radio show.
1898 Broadway producer and composer Vincent Youmans is born in New York City.
1880 The Guildhall School of Music is opened in a disused London warehouse in the city. It has 62 part-time students.
Dylan Plays For Pope 1997
Bob Dylan plays "Knocking On Heaven's Door" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for Pope John Paul II and an audience of 300,000 at the World Eucharist Congress in Bologna, Italy. For the 77-year-old Pope, it's a chance to connect with young people, and the pontiff does so by invoking Dylan's song "Blowin' In The Wind" during his sermon. Dylan's invite is not without controversy, as the future Pope Benedict fears the "rock prophet" and his music are at odds with the Roman Catholic faith.
2005 The White Stripes are the first to webcast a concert when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland is streamed on NPR.org.
2004 Legendary rock producer Phil Spector, best known for creating the "Wall Of Sound" on hits like The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," is indicted for the February 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his estate in Alhambra, California.
2000 U2, whose video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" comes from a rooftop concert, play another roofie, this time atop the Clarence Hotel in Dublin to play their new songs "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" for air on Top Of The Pops.
1995 With gangsta rap drawing negative publicity, Time Warner sells their share of Interscope Records to the founders, Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field. The next release is Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound, which goes to #1 in America.
1986 Cliff Burton (Metallica's second bassist) dies in a bus crash in Sweden during Metallica's Damage Inc. tour in support of the Master of Puppets album. Burton, age 24, is asleep in his bunk when the bus skids off the road. He is thrown from the window and crushed when the vehicle rolls over him.
1986 The Beatles' re-released version of "Twist And Shout" peaks at #23 thanks to its use in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
1980 Kurtis Blowbecomes the first rapper to appear on Soul Train when he performs "The Breaks" on the show. Host Don Cornelius is flummoxed. "It doesn't make sense to old guys like me," he tells Kurtis in the interview segment.