On This Day, February 27 In Music History

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY FEBRUARY 27 IN MUSIC HISTORY

On this day February 27 in 1960 – The Miracles performed on the American Bandstand show and made their debut appearance on US television. 

1961 – With ‘Pony Time’, Chubby Checker hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks straight.

1964 – English singer Cilla Black topped the UK Singles chart with her rendition of ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ on this day February 27 in music history.

1964 – The Rolling Stones made an appearance on the BBC TV-show Top Of The Pops where they performed ‘Not Fade Away’.

1967 – At Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd finished recording their debut single ‘Arnold Layne’ on this day February 27. The single was released on March 10 and it peaked at No.20 on the UK Singles chart while in the US it failed to chart.

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1968 – American singer and songwriter Frankie Lymon died on this day February 27, aged 25 from a heroin overdose. Best remembered as the lead singer of The Teenagers.

1971 – Five months after her untimely death, Janis Joplin‘s second studio album ‘Pearl’ started a nine-week stint at No.1 on the US Billboard 200. It also became a chart-topper in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, and Norway.

1972 – After a record-breaking concert in New Zealand the day before, Led Zeppelin were welcomed by 25,000 fans in Sydney, Australia on this day February 27 in music history.

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1980 – The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on this day at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Billy Joel, The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney & Wings, and Earth, Wind & Fire among the winners that night.

1988 – With ‘Father Figure’George Michael scored his second number one single of the year in the US on this day February 27. He previously topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Faith’ on January 2.

1993 – English boy band East 17 reached the top spot on the UK Albums chart on this day February 27 with their debut studio release ”Walthamstow’.

1993 – With ‘I Will Always Love You’Whitney Houston set a new record for most consecutive weeks (14) at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She dethroned Boyz II Men who held the record with ‘End of the Road’ which was at No.1 for thirteen weeks straight. However, the vocal harmony group got its record back in early 1996 when their duet song with Mariah Carey ‘One Sweet Day’ topped the chart for sixteen weeks.

1999 – American singer Britney Spears started a two-week stint at number one in the UK on this day February 27 with her debut single ‘…Baby One More Time’.

1999 – Irish family pop rock band The Corrs topped UK Albums chart with ‘Talk on Corners’ on this day February 27 in music history. The album held the top spot for three weeks straight.

2010 – With their sixth studio album ‘Soldier of Love’, English band Sade started a three-week stint at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

2010 – The cast of the musical television series Glee went to No.1 in the UK on this day February 27 with their debut soundtrack album ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 1’.

2011 – American blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Kirkland died at the age of 87. Best remembered for the song ‘I Must Have Done Somebody Wrong’.

Eddie Kirkland – I Must Have Done Somebody Wrong

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2013 – American soul and R&B singer Richard Street died on this day February 27 in music history, aged 70. Best remembered as a member of the vocal group The Temptations from 1971 until 1993.

2016 – With his fourth studio album ‘Evol’, rapper Future topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day February 27.

2020 – Canadian singer Justin Bieber went to number one in the United Kingdom with his fifth studio album ‘Changes’.

2020 – With the theme song ‘No Time to Die’ to the James Bond movie of the same name, Billie Eilish topped the UK Singles chart on this day February 27.

BORN ON THIS DAY FEBRUARY 27 IN MUSIC HISTORY

1951 – English singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Steve Harley was born in London on this day February 27 in music history. Best known as frontman of the glam rock band Cockney Rebel.

1954 – American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Neal Schon was born on this day in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He rose to fame as a member of Santana before co-founding the rock bands Journey and Bad English.

1957 – English guitarist Adrian “H” Smith was born on this day February 27 in London. Best known as a member of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

1959 –  American singer Johnny Van Zant was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1960 – Singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Paul David Humphreys was born in London, England on this day February 27 in music history. Best known as the co-founder of the electronic music band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD).

1964 – Scottish bass guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist Ewen Vernal was born in Glasgow. Best known as a member of the pop rock group Deacon Blue.

1971 – American singer, dancer, and actress Rozonda Ocielian Thomas better known by her stage name Chilli was born on this day February 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. She rose to fame as a member of one of the best-selling girl groups TLC.

1972 – American keyboardist and backing vocalist Jeremy Dean was born on this day in Monroe, Michigan. Best known as a founding member of the rock band Nine Days.

1973 – English-Australian singer and entertainer Peter Andre was born Peter James Andrea in Harrow, London on this day February 27 in music history. Best known for his chart-topping singles ‘I Feel You’ and ‘Flava’.

1981 – Singer, songwriter, and actor Joshua “Josh” Groban was born on this day in Los Angeles, California. Best known for his hit rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’.

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