Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

This day in Rock and Roll History: August 27


1966 -

August 27
The Association‘s “Cherish” is released in the US, where it will reach #1 a month later.

August 27
Bobby Hebb saw his own composition, “Sunny”, become the best selling single in America when it reached the top of the Cashbox chart. The tune has been covered by dozens of other artists, but none achieved the success of the original.

1967
August 27
Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein is found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his home in Belgravia, London, just a few weeks shy of his 33rd birthday. The Fab Four were in Bangor, North Wales at the time, attending a conference by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The death is ruled accidental and the Maharishi tells the Beatles that Epstein’s death, being in the realm of the physical world, is “not important.” The group would later renounce their association with the Maharishi.
1967
August 27
Four days before its official release date, Michael Jackson’s new album, “Bad” is previewed by an L.A. radio station. Advance orders have already topped 2.2 million.

1988 -
August 27
George Michael had his fourth consecutive number one single from the album “Faith”, when “Monkey” climbed to the top of the Billboard Pop chart. It was his eighth US chart topper of the 1980s, a record topped only by Michael Jackson

1990 -

August 27
Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin when the chopper hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed

1992 -


August 27
John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to “A Day In The Life” sell at an auction for $1.2 million, a bid that far exceeded its initial $500,000 to $700,000 pre-auction estimate. The lyrics, complete with spelling mistakes and words crossed out, narrowly missed becoming the highest-priced Beatles lyric sheet to sell at auction: In 2005, the hand-penned words to “All You Need is Love” sold for $1.25 million.

Arrivals:
1937:  Tommy Sands
1942:  B. J. Thomas
Departures:
1967:  Brian Epstein
1990:  Stevie Ray Vaughan