June 27 in music history
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On This Day, June 27 In Music History


On this day June 27 in 1960 -- Connie Francis went to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool’. The song was a chart-topper in Canada, New Zealand, and Norway that year as well.

1964  – With ‘A World Without Love’Peter and Gordon topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also a chart-topper in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK.

1966 -- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention released their debut studio album ‘Freak Out!’ on this day June 27 in music history. In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1970  – The Jackson 5 went to number one in the US with ‘The Love You Save’ on this day June 27. In the UK the song peaked at No.7.

1981  – Heavy metal band Motorhead topped the UK albums chart with ‘No Sleep ’till Hammersmith’. Its the band’s only chart-topper.

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1981 -- Kim Carnes had the number one song in the US with ”Bette Davies Eyes’. The song was an international hit and it topped the singles charts in 7 countries around the world.

1981  – With her sixth studio album ‘Mistaken Identity’Kim Carnes topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 27 in music history. She stayed at No.1 for four consecutive weeks.

1987 -- Whitney Houston started an eleven-week run at No.1 in the US with her self-titled second studio album. The album became a chart-topper in 13 countries that year.

1987 -- Whitney Houston scored her fourth consecutive No.1 in the US with ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’. The song became a chart-topper on over 20 singles charts worldwide that year.

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1989  – New wave band The B-52’s released their fifth studio album on the Reprise Records label. The album topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand, while in the US and UK it peaked at No.4 and No.8.

1992  – American musician Stefanie Sargent died on this day June 27 at the age of 24 from drug and alcohol abuse. Best remembered as the co-founder and lead guitarist of the punk rock band 7 Year Bitch.

2002  – Founding member and bassist of the rock band The WhoJohn Entwistle also known by his stage names as The Ox or Thunderfingers died at the age of 57.

2006  – American singer Eileen Barton died at the age of 81. Best remembered for her chart-topping 1950 single ‘If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake’.

2009  – With their fifth studio album ‘The E.N.D.’, the Black Eyed Peas topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 27 in music history.

2009  – Singer and founding member of the group The Three DegreesFayette Pinkey died at the age of 61 of acute respiratory failure.

2015  – Rock band Muse went to number one in the US with their seventh studio album ‘Drones’ on this day June 27. It became a chart-topper in 21 countries in total and it won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

2015  – English bassist and singer-songwriter Christopher “Chris” Squire died on this day at the age of 67. Best remembered as a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.

2020  – American guitarist Jesse Willard “Pete” Carr died on this day June 27 in music history, aged 70.


1925  – American blues singer and songwriter Jerome Solon Felder also known professionally as Doc Pomus was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll, Songwriters, and Blues Hall of Fame.

1942  – American singer-songwriter and producer Benjamin Baldwin also known professionally as Bruce Johnston was born on this day June 27 in Peoria, Illinois. He rose to fame in 1965 when he replaced Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys for live performances. He has also released one solo album ‘Going Public’.

1945  – American musician Joseph “Joey” Covington was born in Johnston, Pennsylvania on this day June 27 in music history. Best known for playing drums with bands such as Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Starship.

1947  – American musician James “Jim” Fuller was born on this day June 27 in Monrovia, California. Best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the rock band The Surfaris.

1951  – English drummer and portrait artist Gilson Lavis was born in Bedford on this day June 27 in music history. Best known for playing with bands such as Squeeze and Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

1958  – Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce was born on this day in Montebello, California. Best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band The Gun Club.

1958  – Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa German was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. She rose to fame with her third studio album ‘Geek the Girl’.

1959 – American country music singer Lorrie Morgan was born on this day June 27 in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for chart-topping singles like ‘Five Minutes’, ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’, and ‘What Part of No’. She’s also the daughter of George Morgan.

1970  – English musician Laurence “Loz” Colbert was born on this day in Kingston. Best known for playing drums with bands such as Ride, Supergrass, and The Jesus and Marry Chain.

1976  – Lead singer for the pop band SixpenceLeigh Nash was born on this day June 27 in New Braunfels, Texas.

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