Rock 'n' Roll History for
February 27






1961 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Five months after topping the US charts with "The Twist", Chubby Checker does it again with "Pony Time". The song reached #27 in the UK.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
For the first time ever, all ten spots on the UK Top Ten were UK acts, led by 21-year-old Cilla Black's version of "Anyone Who Had A Heart".

1965 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
The first of a 21 date tour that featured Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders and Herman's Hermits, kicks off at Sheffield's City Hall, England.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Pink Floyd record their first single, "Arnold Layne", which will top the UK charts but won't crack the Hot 100 in the US.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Keith Richards is arrested in Toronto after police raid his hotel room and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. His bail was set at $25,000.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
The Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes" wins a Grammy Award for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while Billy Joel's "52nd Street" wins both Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
George Michael reaches number one in the US for the second time in his solo career with "Father Figure". He would go on to have a total of six after scoring three chart toppers with Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!

1991 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
James Brown was released on parole after serving more than two years of a six year jail sentence. He had been found guilty of carrying a gun, drug possession and leading police on a car chase through two US states.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Marlena Davis of The Orlons lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 48.

February 27
Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" replaces Boyz II Men's 1992 hit "End Of The Road" as the longest running Billboard chart topper when it stays #1 for its 14th consecutive week. That record was eclipsed in 1995 - 1996 by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day", which enjoyed a run of 16 weeks.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
During the taping of her TV talk show, James Brown asks the hostess, Rolanda White, to marry him. She declined.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Michael Jackson was spotted in a Wal-Mart store in Snowmass, Colorado, wearing a ski mask as a disguise. After refusing to remove the mask for store employees, Jackson left the building, but was stopped by police shortly after. Jackson then complied with a request to remove the mask and officials said that there were no further problems.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall And John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
The Sex Pistols signed a record deal with Universal that would lead the way to releasing an expanded and repackaged edition of the band's "Never Mind The Bollocks" and "Here's The Sex Pistols", later in the year.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
70-year-old Richard Street, who sang with The Tempataions for 25 years starting in the early '70s, passed away of a pulmonary embolism.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced by a British judge to 16 years in prison for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13. Glitter reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 with "Rock And Roll Part 2".

2016 - ClassicBands.com

February 27
The Turtles announced via their Twitter account that front man Mark Volman had been given a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for throat cancer last Fall. The band planned to go ahead with their annual Happy Together tour scheduled for the following Summer.

February 27
Elton John gave a free, surprise concert outside of the old Tower Records building in Los Angeles. John performed an hour-long set of his hits to thank the city of West Hollywood for its support of his AIDS Foundation and his Academy Awards Viewing Party.






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