This day in Rock and Roll History: August 27


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.

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.
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.

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


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


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.

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


One response to “This day in Rock and Roll History: August 27

  1. The Association has stood the test of time and proven to be one of most enduring (and endearing) groups of the mid-to-late 1960s era. From lively pop rock (with a psychedelic flair, such as ALONG COMES MARY), the pre-Sunshine Pop Rock of WINDY, to the underrated gem REQUIEM FOR THE MASSES.

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