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This Day In Rock History: Feb 27th


  • 1961, Chubby Checker started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pony Time’, his second No.1 of the 60’s. It reached No.27 in the UK.
  • 1964, 21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern Club,Cilla Black was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’ Written by Bacharach and David it was Black’s first UK No.1. Also this week’s UK Top Ten was the first ever to feature only UK acts.
  • 1967, Pink Floyd continued working on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios, London. With the exception of two group-composed instrumentals and one Roger Waters song, the album was written entirely by Syd Barrett.
  • 1971, Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pearl.’
  • 1974, Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers Band on 27th June 1975.
  • 1988, George Michael scored his sixth No.1 US single with ‘Father Figure’ a No. 11 hit in the UK – the first time Michael had failed to reach the top ten in his home country.
  • 1991, James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.
  • 1993, After 14 weeks at No.1 on the US singles chart, ‘I Will Always Love You’, gave Whitney Houston  the longest ever US chart topper, taking over from Boyz II Men’s hit ‘End Of The Road’, and became the second biggest selling single in the US.
  • 2005, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’
  • 2007, Pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins.
  • 2010, U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best, Bruce Springsteen who took home $58m (£38m), followed by Madonna with $47m (£31m) and AC/DC with $44m (£29m). Coldplay were the most successful British group, at number eight, with takings of $27m (£18m).
  • 2015, Madonna said she suffered whiplash as a result of her “nightmare” accident at the 2015 Brit Awards. The 56-year-old was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders causing the singer to fall down a flight of steps.

Born on this day:

  • 1927, Born on this day, Guy Mitchell, US singer who had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Eddie Gray from Tommy James and the Shondells who had the 1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’ and the 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Robert Balderrama, from American group ? & The Mysterians who had the 1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single ’96 Tears’. (which was also a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990).
  • 1951, Born on this day, Steve Harley, singer, with English group Cockney Rebel who had the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’. Now solo and also works as a radio presenter.
  • 1954, Born on this day, Neal Schon, guitarist from Journey who had the 1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’. Was also a member of Santana, who had the 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden who had the 1982 UK No.1 album The Number Of The Beast, and the 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’.
  • 1960, Born on this day, Paul Humphreys, from Liverpool duo Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark who had the 1984 UK No.5 single ‘Locomotion’.
  • 1964, Born on this day, Derek McKenzie from British group The Shamen who had the 1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’.
  • 1964, Born on this day, Ewan Venal, from Scottish group Deacon Blue who had the 1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Rozonda Thomas, Chilli, singer from American girl group TLC who had the 1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Waterfalls’, and the 1999 US No.1 album ‘Fanmail’ which spent 57 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1973, Born on this day, Peter Andre, singer and former actor and reality TV star who had the 1996 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel You’, and the 1996 UK No. 1 album ‘Natural’.
  • 1981, Born on this day, Josh Groban, US singer, who had the 2002 US No.7 & UK No.28 album ‘Josh Groban’ and the 2004 US No.1 album ‘Closer’. Groban was America’s top selling artist of 2007.


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