Music Almanac - March 27

Birthdays
  • 1905 - LeRoy Carr (d. 1935)
  • 1915 - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (d. 2006)
  • 1917 - Rufus Thomas (d. 2001)
  • 1920 - Richard Hayman (d. 2014)
  • 1924 - Sarah Vaughan (d. 1990)
  • 1927 - Mo Ostin (executive)
  • 1929 - Don Warden (producer and country artist) (d. 2017)
  • 1931 - John Marascalco (songwriter)
  • 1932 - Junior Parker (d. 1971)
  • 1936 - David Rogers
  • 1937 - Johnny Copeland (d. 1997)
  • 1940 - Janis Martin (d. 2007)
  • 1941 - Bunny Sigler (d. 2017)
  • 1941 - Brenda Knight (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • 1946 - Andy Bown (Status Quo)
  • 1950 - Tony Banks (Genesis)
  • 1951 - Kent Blazy
  • 1953 - Walter Stocker (Babys, Air Supply)
  • 1956 - Paul Wickens (Paul McCartney, Nik Kershaw)
  • 1957 - Billy MacKenzie (Associates) (d. 1997)
  • 1959 - Andrew Farriss (INXS)
  • 1962 - Jann Arden
  • 1962 - Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai)
  • 1963 - Dave Koz
  • 1964 - Clark Datchler (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • 1965 - Johnny April (Staind)
  • 1970 - Mariah Carey
  • 1970 - Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler)
  • 1975 - Fergie (born Stacy Ferguson) (Black Eyed Peas)
  • 1988 - Jessie J (born Jessica Cornish)
  • 1990 - Kimbra (born Kimbra Lee Johnson)

Deaths
  • 2000 - Ian Dury - Colorectal cncer (57)
  • 2006 - Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo) - Prostate cancer (59)
  • 2013 - Paul Williams (founder of Crawdaddy!) - Complications from 1995 biking accident (64)
  • 2013 - Gordon Stoker (Jordanaires) (88)

On This Day
  • 1952 - Sun Records began issuing records.
  • 1958 - CBS Records announced the development of stereophonic records.
  • 1961 - Pete Seeger went on trial for contempt of congress.
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley started shooting Blue Hawaii.
  • 1964 - The Beatles held the top six positions on the singles chart in Australia.
  • 1966 - Roy Orbison broke his foot in a motorcycle accident. He was forced to do the rest of his British tour sitting on a stool.
  • 1967 - Fats Domino played his first date in the U.K.
  • 1971 - WNBC in New York banned the song One Toke Over the Line by Brewer and Shipley.
  • 1971 - Jan Howard joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1972 - Grand Funk Railroad fired their producer and manager Terry Knight.
  • 1973 - Jerry Garcia was arrested for possession of cocaine and LSD after being stopped for speeding.
  • 1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings pushed their U.S. tour out three weeks after Jimmy McCulloch broke his finger.
  • 1982 - Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces and Faces entered the hospital for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  • 1984 - Metallica performed for the first time in the U.K.
  • 1986 - Van Halen began their first tour with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer in Shreveport, LA.
  • 1987 - U2 shot the video for Where the Streets Have No Name on the top of a Los Angeles store. The police eventually stopped the shoot.
  • 1991 - Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is arrested for setting fire to the carpets in his hotel room.
  • 1991 - Johnny Paycheck's tour bus window was blown out by a tornado.
  • 1998 - A statue of Gene Autry was put up at the California Angels Anaheim Stadium.
  • 1999 - The Bee Gees end their One Night Only tour by playing the first concert at Sydney's new Olympic Stadium.
  • 2001 - Christina Aguilera signed a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola.
  • 2002 - Lyle Lovett suffers a compound fracture of the leg after being trampled by a bull.
  • 2003 - John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.
  • 2004 - Prince opened his Musicology Tour in Reno, NV.
  • 2006 - Victor Willis, formerly of the Village People, was arrested for skipping out on a gun and drug trial.
  • 2006 - Graceland was designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • 2007 - Scott Weiland's (Velvet Revolver) wife was arrested for allegedly burning $10,000 of Weiland's possessions.
  • 2007 - Eminem and wife Kim came to an agreement to stop sniping at each other in public.
  • 2008 - Rapper Remy Ma was convicted of assault for firing a gun at a woman who she thought had stolen money from her.
  • 2008 - The autopsy of the husband of Corinne Bailey Rae showed he had died from an overdose.
  • 2011 - Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2015 - Willie Nelson announced that he was working on a new brand of marijuana to be marketed in states where it had been legalized.

Marriages
  • 1979 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd (Harrison)
  • 1998 - Paul Deakin (Mavericks) and Tracy Bidochka

Recorded
  • 1941 - Cool Water - Sons of the Pioneers
  • 1947 - Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette - Tex Williams (would go on to be Capitol's first million seller)
  • 1956 - Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison (first recording session for Sun Records)
  • 1958 - The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
  • 1960 - I Want to Be Wanted - Brenda Lee
  • 1967 - Groovin' - Young Rascals
  • 1972 - Separate Ways, Burning Love - Elvis Presley

Released
  • 1952 - Blues in My Condition - Jackie Boy and Little Walter (Sun Record's first release)
  • 1954 - Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - Spaniels (single)
  • 1954 - Always - Tempo Toppers (single, lead by newcomer Little Richard)
  • 1961 - Ring-a-Ding Ding! - Frank Sinatra (first album release for Reprise Records)
  • 1970 - Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr (U.K. release)
  • 1972 - Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker (debut single)
  • 2001 - Live in New York City - Bruce Springsteen
  • 2007 - Let It Go - Tim McGraw

Awards
  • 1957 - Academy Awards
    • Best Original Song - Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) - Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
  • 1967 - Ivor Novello Awards
    • Most Performed Song in the U.K. for 1966 - Michelle - John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • 1973 - Academy Awards
    • Best Actress - Liza Minelli - Cabaret
  • 1995 - Academy Awards
    • Best Song - Can You Feel the Love - The Lion King - Elton John and Tim Rice

Broadcasts
  • 1968 - Kraft Music Hall (NBC) - Cowsills, Eddy Arnold, Patty Page
  • 1971 - Andy Williams Show (NBC) - Ray Stevens, Henry Mancini
  • 1975 - Mac Davis Show (NBC) - Helen Reddy, Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • 1977 - The Hardy Boys (ABC) - Rick Nelson
  • 1978 - All You Need Is Cash (BBC) - Ruttles
  • 1981 - The Dukes of Hazard (CBS) - Roy Orbison
  • 1988 - Murder She Wrote (CBS) - Sonny Bono
  • 2000 - Farmclub.com (USA Network) - N.W.A. (reunion)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1954 - Make Love to Me - Jo Stafford (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1965 - Stop! In the Name of Love - Supremes (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Rude Boy - Rihanna (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2010 - Battle of the Sexes - Ludacris (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1943 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Ink Spots (2 weeks)
  • 1954 - You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton (8 weeks)
  • 1961 - I Pity the Fool - Bobby "Blue" Bland (1 week)
  • 1971 - What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (5 weeks)
  • 2010 - Say Something - Timbaland Featuring Drake (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1965 - King of the Road - Roer Miller (5 weeks)
  • 1971 - After the Fire is Gone - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - 'Til the Rivers All Run Dry - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1982 - She Left Love All Over Me - Razzy Bailey (1 week)
  • 1993 - When My Ship Comes In - Clint Black (2 weeks)
  • 1999 - How Forever Feals - Kenny Chesney (6 weeks)
  • 2010 - Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton Featuring Trace Adkins (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1976 - Only Love is Real - Carole King (1 week)
  • 2010 - Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (1 week (4 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1959 - Side Saddle - Russ Conway (4 weeks)
  • 1968 - Lady Madonna - Beatles (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood of Man (6 weeks)
  • 1982 - Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band (3 weeks)
  • 1999 - Blame It On the Weatherman - B*Witched (1 week)
  • 2004 - Yeah - Usher Featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Telephone - Lady Gaga & Beyonce (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1982 - Love Songs - Barbra Streisand (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Their Greatest Hits - Hot Chocolate (1 week)
  • 1999 - 13 - Blur (2 weeks)
  • 2004 - Patience - George Michael (1 week)
  • 2010 - The Fame - Lady Gaga (1 week (1 previous week))

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