Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today in Music History...February 27, 2019 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 27th:

2016 Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stays for one week. It's the duo's first foray into the Top 10.

2015 Glam Rock pioneer Gary Glitter, 70, is sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting three schoolgirls in the '70s and '80s.

2015 R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell (of Brownstone) dies in a freak accident at age 46 when she falls on a broken wine glass and cuts her neck.

2013 Richard Street, singer with The Monitors and The Temptations, dies at age 70.

2011 Blues musician Eddie Kirkland dies at age 87.

2001 Carlos Santana (Santana) returns to the Mexican town where he grew up, Autlan De Navarro, for the first time in 46 years. A statue honor of Carlos and his father, mariachi player Jose Santana, is unveiled.

2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family TV mini-series begins on ABC, chronicling the rise of the title band.

1999 Vince Gill plays "How Great Thou Art" on the dobro at the Grand Ole Opry in honor of dobro legend Brother Oswald.

1998 Motley Crue member Vince Neil, not to be outdone by Tommy Lee, announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii.

1996 Bad Religion release their ninth full-length studio album, The Gray Race. This is the first Bad Religion album to feature Brian Baker on guitar, replacing Brett Gurewitz, who left the band two years earlier.

1995 PJ Harvey releases her first solo album, To Bring You My Love, after the demise of her eponymous trio. The album includes her mainstream US breakthrough, "Down By The Water."

1991 James Brown is released on parole from a South Carolina prison after serving two years of a six-year sentence on drug and assault charges.

1984 The Jacksons' Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.

1981 Josh Groban is born in Los Angeles.

1977 Keith Richards is arrested for heroin possession in Toronto.

1976 Mick Jagger is hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection.

1971 Rozonda Thomas (Chilli of TLC) is born in Atlanta.

1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City.

1966 The Supremes appear on the TV show What's My Line.

1961 Chubby Checker's "Pony Time" hits #1 in America for the first of five weeks.

1960 Paul Humphreys of OMD is born in London.

1960 The Miracles make their first TV appearance when they perform on American Bandstand.

1959 Johnny Van Zant is born in Jacksonville, Flordia. He performs and records with the Johnny Van Zant Band and as a solo artist, but is best known for succeeding his deceased brother Ronnie Van Zant as frontman for Lynyrd Skynyrdin 1987.

1959 Jerry Lee Lewis and his third wife (and first cousin once removed) Myra have a son, Steve Allen Lewis, who is named after the TV host. The boy dies in a swimming pool accident three years later.

1675The oldest surviving English opera, Matthew Locke's Psyche, is first performed at Dorset Garden Theatre, London by the Duke's Company.

Jamie Foxx Wins An Oscar For Ray
Jamie Foxx wins a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie Ray.

Featured Events

2015 Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83. The actor, best known for playing Spock on Star Trek, also made a musical impact: His albums Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space and Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy both charted in the US (#83 and #97, respectively), and his voice was sampled in the Information Society hit "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)."

1993 Whitney Houston's single "I Will Always Love You" reaches its 14th week at #1, a new record. In 1995, this record is broken by "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

1980 Michael Jackson wins his first Grammy: Best R&B Performance for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Other winners include Donna Summer (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Hot Stuff"), Earth, Wind & Fire(Best R&B Group Vocal Performance for "After the Love Has Gone"), and The Doobie Brothers (Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "What A Fool Believes").

1971 Janis Joplin's album Pearl hits #1 in the US, where it stays for nine weeks. Joplin died of a heroin overdose three months before the album was released.

1954 Neal Schon is born on an Air Force base in Oklahoma. The guitarist does time in Santana before founding the groups Journey and Bad English.

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