Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 27






1960 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
After twelve previous Top 40 records, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" becomes Connie Francis' first US number one hit. In the UK, it reached #5. She would later reveal that she recorded the song in just two takes.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Peter And Gordon's "World Without Love" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Paul McCartney wrote the song, but it was not credited to him on the disc, to see if a McCartney tune would be successful even if no one knew he had written it. At the time he composed "World Without Love", McCartney was courting Jane Asher, the sister of the duo's Peter Asher.

June 27
The Drifters' last Top 10 hit, "Under the Boardwalk" enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #4.

June 27
Jan And Dean's "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" was released. It will climb to #3 in the US by August.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
In a rare setback, The Beatles perform two shows in Rome which were both sparsely attended. An Italian newspaper commented that they were "no more than four ugly faces, four heads of long hair, four sublime idiots, four barefoot bums."

1968 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC-TV show that was billed as his "Comeback Special". The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including "That's All Right Mama", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Blue Suede Shoes". The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing "If I Can Dream".

1970 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
A band called Smile changes their name to Queen and performs for the first time using that name.

June 27
The Jackson 5 became the first group in the Rock era to have their first three releases reach number one in the US when "The Love You Save" hits the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and The Cash Box best sellers list. It made #7 in the UK.

June 27
The English quintet known as Vanity Fare saw their second Billboard chart entry, "Hitchin' A Ride", peak at #5. A couple of months earlier, their first appearance, "Early In The Morning" had reached #12.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
New York's Rock and Roll venue, The Fillmore East, closed. The final show featured the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, The Beach Boys, and Country Joe McDonald.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Sonny And Cher were divorced after 11 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married Gregg Allman in a union that would last just three years.

June 27
ZZ Top earn their second Gold record for their fourth album, "Fandango" which includes the Top 20 hit, "Tush".

1987 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Whitney Houston becomes the first female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart when her self-titled CD reaches the top. At the same time, her single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" led the Hot 100 singles list.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
MCA Records buys the legendary Motown Records for $61 million.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Tom Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

June 27
The Who perform the Rock opera "Tommy" in its entirety for the first time in seventeen years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

June 27
Eagles drummer Don Henley releases his third solo album, "The End Of The Innocence", which will spawn three Top 40 singles, "The End of the Innocence" (#8), "The Heart of the Matter" (#21), and "The Last Worthless Evening" (#21). The LP will reach #8 on the Billboard chart and sell over six million copies in the US alone.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Paul McCartney's first Classical work, the semi-autobiographical "Liverpool Oratorio" is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool Cathedral.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Michael Jackson kicked off his Dangerous world tour with a show before 70,000 fans in Munich, Germany. At the end of the show, Jackson wore a helmet and a fake rocket pack on his back and appeared to fly off stage.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
A San Francisco appeals court ruled that The Rolling Stones violated Robert Johnson's copyright of "Love in Vain" and "Stop Breakin' Down". The Stones' former record label had wrongly assumed that the songs were public domain.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
57-year-old John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, was found dead of an apparent heart attack in a Las Vegas hotel room. Nicknamed "Thunderfingers", he was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a Rolling Stone reader's poll In 2011.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Michael Jackson announced that he was moving to Europe to re-ignite a musical career stalled by his sex abuse trial.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
At the Phil Spector murder trial, Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a noted forensic expert on gunshot wounds, testified for the defense that actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide by shooting herself in the mouth at the record producer's mansion. These hearings would later end in a mistrial, but Spector would be convicted in May, 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Fayette Pinkney, an original member of The Three Degrees, died of acute respiratory failure at the age of 61. Her voice can be heard on the 1974 hits "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" (#1) and "When Will I See You Again?" (#2).

2011 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Despite protests from local residents, a larger-than-life statue of Chuck Berry was approved by University City Council. The initial objections stemmed from the singer's time behind bars for his 1962 conviction for illegally transporting a teenager across state lines.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

June 27
Bobby Womack, Soul singer and studio musician, died at the age of 70. He topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1974 with "Lookin' For A Love", placed it and three other tunes on the Pop chart Top 40 and played guitar on several of Aretha Franklin's albums.






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