July 27th: On this day
1958, Fan’s of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.
1968, Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion.
1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.
1974, John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.
1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide. Band On The Run
1976, Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen’s career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.
1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.
1985, Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’.
1985, The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.
1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.
1991, Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.
1991, Jesus Jones went to No. 2 on the US chart with ‘Right Here, Right Now’, unable to shift Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’, from a seven week stay at the No.1 position.
1991, Natalie Cole started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Unforgettable Love’.
1992, Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.
1994, Jeff Buckley and Jewel both appeared at Hahn Cosmopolitian Theatre, San Diego, California.
1996, The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide.
1997, The Soundtrack album ‘Men In Black’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
2001, Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.
2002, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.
2006, Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400 million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies to settle global piracy lawsuits.
2012, The Beatles returned to the Top 40 of the Billboard albums chart with the iTunes-exclusive compilation Tomorrow Never Knows. The set included 14 classic songs by the band and marked the first time The Beatles released an album exclusively to iTunes that had never been previously issued.
July 27th: Born on this day
1933, Born on this day, Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley’ plus nine other US Top 40 hits).
1943, Born on this day, Al Ramsey, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, (1965 US No.1 single ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).
1944, Born on this day, Bobbie Gentry, US singer, songwriter, notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ in 1967. The track spent four weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over three million copies all over the world. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
1947, Born on this day, Andy McMaster, Motors, (1978 UK No.4 single ‘Airport’).
1949, Born on this day, Maureen McGovern, singer, (1973 US No.1 single ‘The Morning After’).
1949, Born on this day, Rory MacDonald, bass, vocals, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).
1950, Born on this day, Michael Vaughn, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).
1953, Born on this day, Suzi Carr (Will To Power,) singer, 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird’).
1960, Born on this day, Conway Savage, bass, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey, ‘Henry Lee’).
1962, Born on this day, Karl Mueller, bass, Soul Asylum, (1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single ‘Runaway Train’).
1964, Born on this day, Rex Brown, bass, Pantera, (1994 UK No.19 single ‘I’m Broken’).
1967, Born on this day, Juliana Hatfield, US singer, songwriter, (1993 UK No. 71 single ‘My Sister’).
1974, Born on this day, Pete Yorn, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer who first gained recognition after his debut 2001 record, Musicforthemorningafter.
1975, Born on this day, Fred Mascherino, American guitarist and singer with Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things. Mascherino also worked with The Lemonheads.