Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 27






1955 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene" enters the Billboard R&B chart where it will reach #1 during an 11 week run. The song, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune "Ida Red", tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart.

July 27
Billboard magazine claims that only two singing stars can be considered guaranteed hit makers these days: Nat King Cole and Country star Webb Pierce. Cole has already placed 7 songs on the Pop chart and will go on to add 22 more. The flamboyant Pierce had achieved 12 number one records on the Country charts and would enjoy a streak of 34 consecutive Top Ten hits running into 1957. His version of "In The Jailhouse Now" topped the chart for 21 weeks in 1955.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
The Bobbettes' first and only Top 40 single, "Mr. Lee" enters the US Pop charts where it will reach #6. The song implies that the girls had a crush on one of their high school teachers, but in reality they strongly dis-liked the real Mr. Lee. Atlantic Records had the original lyrics re-written before they would record the tune. After a series of unsuccessful novelty songs, The Bobbettes recorded a number about how they really felt, "I Shot Mr. Lee", which Atlantic refused to issue. The tiny Triple-X label would release it however, and it went as far as #52 on the Billboard Hot 100.

July 27
The Everly Brothers had the best selling song in America with "Bye Bye Love". The tune has been ranked 210th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and has also been recorded by Connie Francis, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Trini Lopez, Ray Stevens and Simon And Garfunkel.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb collapsed, suffering from nervous exhaustion as the group were about to set out on their first US tour.

July 27
The Rascals switched from light Rock to making a political statement when they released "People Got To Be Free". The song entered the Hot 100 six weeks after Bobby Kennedy was shot and would go on to number one for five weeks, ending up the fifth most popular song of the year.

July 27
Cass Elliot releases 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, Kate Smith, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass' version would be the most successful as it rose to number 12 on Billboard's Hot 100.

July 27
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela had the best selling record in the United States with the instrumental, "Grazing In The Grass". The track had been recorded in a half an hour as a filler for the album "The Promise Of A Future", but was chosen as a single release by Uni Records boss Russ Regan. The Friends of Distinction would find success with a vocal version of the song in 1969.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is released in America, where it would become their highest charting single, reaching #8. If you listen carefully, you can hear Ronnie Van Zant shout "Turn it up", asking producer Al Kooper and engineer Rodney Mills to turn up the volume in his headphones so that he could hear the track better.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

July 27
John Lennon finally received his US Green Card, three years after he was ordered to leave by immigration officials.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona is destroyed by a firebomb. $200,000 worth of artifacts and some of Cooper's Gold records, which were stored in the back, are lost. Cooper said maybe a "disco-music freak" was responsible because he had been making some anti-Disco remarks.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Bobby Day, known for his 1958 hit "Rockin' Robin", died of cancer at the age of 60. Day was also an accomplished songwriter who had success with "Over and Over", made popular by the Dave Clark Five in 1965 and "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris in 1957.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Michael Jackson sued the British tabloid 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.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Leon Wilkeson, bassist for the southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida hotel room. Allegedly suffering from chronic liver and lung disease, the official cause of death was deemed from natural causes. He was 49.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Sharman Networks, the company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 389 million computer users to download music and movies over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies and the movie industry to settle global piracy lawsuits.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
A year after her son's death, Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine, said she is still heartbroken, insisting she undergoes a daily struggle to cope with her grief. The 80-year-old Jackson family matriarch was subsequently named guardian of the singer's children, Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and 8-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II, aka Blanket.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
The Beatles were headed back to the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart with the iTunes-exclusive compilation "Tomorrow Never Knows". The set includes 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.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

July 27
Three of Michael Jackson's nephews, Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson, filed a $100 million libel lawsuit against Radar Online over stories published last June that alleged they were sexually abused by their uncle and accepted gifts to cover it up. Radaronline.com is a website that focuses on celebrity news, fashion and pop culture.






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