March 27

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1957 : Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera) from the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song

1958 : CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.

1964 : The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.

1965 : Jeff Beck joins The Yardbirds as a replacement for Eric Clapton.

1965 : The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love.’

1966 : During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.

1967 : Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London’s Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

1967 : John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for ‘Michelle’, the most performed song in the UK in 1966.

1967 : The Who make the U.S. singles chart for the first time, with I Can’t Explain.

1968 : The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lady Madonna’, the group’s 14th UK No.1 and final No.1 on the Parlophone label.

1971 : Three Dog Night’s Joy To The World enters the charts.

1971 : New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.

1971 : Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.

1972 : Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, ‘Burning Love,’ a No.2 hit on the US chart and No.7 in the UK.

1972 : Grand Funk fire their manager, Terry Knight, who promptly sues them.

1973 : Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.

1973 : Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to ‘Devadip’, which means ‘the lamp of the light of the Supreme’.

1973 : Liza Minneli wins an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Cabaret, beating out Diana Ross, who starred in Lady Sings The Blues.

1976 : Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.

1978 : The Beatles parody ‘All You Need Is Cash’ featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on 22 March 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on American Prime time network television that week.

1979 : Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie, who was the subject of the song Layla. Harrison attends the wedding and remains friends with Clapton. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988.

1979 : Bruce Springsteen’s first video, Rosalita makes its UK debut.

1982 : Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).

1984 : Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record ‘Run To You’ for his fourth studio album, Reckless. It was the first single released from the album and gave Adam’s his first UK hit peaking at No.11. The music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories.

1986 : Van Halen kicked off their 1986, 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Los Angeles. This was the band’s first tour with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals.

1987 : U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot. Hmm, a rooftop concert now where would they ever get an idea like that from?

2000 : Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 70’s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK No.1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.’

2003 : John Lennon’s boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.

2006 : Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

2012 : David Bowie’s landmark album Ziggy Stardust was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.