Capitol Records in 1956 signed Gene Vincent in hopes of making him the next Elvis Presley.
In a rare appearance in 1957, outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada where he wore his full gold lame suit for the last time.
Little Peggy March in 1963, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘I Will Follow Him’. At the age of 15 years, 1 month and 13 days, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No. record.
John Lennon’s first book or prose and poetry ‘In His Own Words’ was published in the United States in 1964.
Joe Cocker made his television debut in 1969 singing ‘Feelin’ Alright’ on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City in 1971. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with The Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
In 1974, a free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared were Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run in 1975 at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana.
In 1976, Maxine Nightingale’s ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ is certified gold.
At a Duke Ellington tribute concert in 1979 at UCLA, Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance and sang him music tribute ‘Sir Duke’ and also Ellington’s own ‘C-Jam Blues’.
In 1980, disco music would no longer be heard at the legendary New York disco Studio 54. The doors closed exactly three years and a day due to city liquor license violations.
Ringo Starr married actress and one time ‘Bong Girl’ Barbara Bach in 1981. The pair met while filming the movie, Caveman, with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
USA For Africa started a three-week run in 1985 at No.1 on the US music chart with ‘We Are The World’. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid has an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon. Plus the composers of the track Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
A man was arrested in 1994 after breaking into Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren’s home. Jenny was asleep at the time and woke up to find the man above her holding a hunting knife.
The legendary rock music venue the Fillmore Auditorium reopens in San Francisco with performances by Smashing Pumpkin and American Music Club.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery in 2009, outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band was recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a Blackberry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
Aerosmith was to hold a free concert in 2009 in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years prior. This left hundreds of fans out of pocket in favor of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket.
Shania Twain mentored the final six contestants on FOX-TV ‘American Idol’ including Casey James. The set list included ‘You’ve Got A Way’, ‘Any Man Of Mine’, ‘No One Needs To Know’ and “You’re Still The One’.
Jason Aldean led all finalists in 2011 in the CMT Music Awards with four nominations.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, April 27th are:
1904 – Syd Nathan – American music business executive who founded King Records.
1932 – Casey Kasem – American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, voice actor and several music countdown programs.
1932 – Maxine Brown – The Browns
1933 – Calvin Newborn – Taught Elvis Presley to dance and was guitarist with B.B. King.
1944 – Cuba Gooding Sr. – The Main Ingredient.
1947 – Pete Ham – Badfinger
1947 – Ann Peebles – US soul singer.
1947 – Herbie Murrell – The Stylistics.
1947 – Gordon Haskell – UK singer and songwriter.
1948 – Kate Pierson – vocals with The B-52’s.
1949 – Clive Taylor – Amen Corner.
1951 – Ace Frehley – guitar and vocals with KISS.
1959 – Sheena Easton – UK singer.
1972 – Bob Coombes – keyboards with Supergrass.
1979 – Will Boyd – bassist with Evanescence.
1984 – Yonah Higgins – vocals with Cleopatra.
1984 – Patrick Stump – lead singer and rhythm guitarist with Fall Out Boy.