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Waky Week in Rock History


Today's Birthdays, 2/27

  • Journey guitarist Neal Schon is 61.
  • Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith is 58.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is 56.
  • Tommy James and the Shondells guitarist Eddie Gray is 67.
  • Question Mark and the Mysterians guitarist Robert Balderrama is 65.

Today in History
In 1956
  • Little Richard released the single "Slippin' and Slidin'," which became his first number one hit.

In 1959
  • Jerry Lee Lewis became a father with the birth of his son, whom he named Steve Allen Lewis after the comedian Steve Allen.

In 1960
  • The Miracles made their first appearance on "American Bandstand."

In 1961
  • Chubby Checker's "Pony Time" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • The Capris' "There's A Moon Out Tonight" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

In 1965
  • The Zombies' "Tell Her No" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
  • Sam Cooke's "Shake" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
  • The Ad Libs' "The Boy From New York City" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
  • The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" broke into the Top 40.

In 1967
  • Pink Floyd released their first single, "Arnold Layne."

In 1968
  • Frankie Lymon died of a heroin overdose at his grandmother's house in New York.  He was 25.

In 1970
  • The Jefferson Airplane was fined one-thousand-dollars for using the f-word on stage during a show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The language violated a city ordinance.
  • Elvis Presley performed the first of six sold-out concerts at the Houston Astrodome.

In 1971
  • The Jackson Five's "Mama's Pearl" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
  • Wadsworth Mansion's "Sweet Mary" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
  • Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
  • Janis Joplin's "Pearl" hit number one on the album chart.

In 1972
  • Three Dog Night released the album "Seven Separate Fools," featuring the hit "Black and White."

In 1974
  • Boz Scaggs released the album "Slow Dancer."

In 1976
  • Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection.
  • Peter Frampton's album "Frampton Comes Alive" was certified Gold, for sales of 500-thousand in the U.S.  It took only seven-and-a-half-weeks for the two-disc set to reach the sales plateau.

In 1977
  • Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was arrested in Toronto for heroin possession.  While he was convicted, he was spared jail time if the Stones played two benefit concerts for the blind.  He received a suspended sentence for trafficking charges, and was ordered to undergo treatment.

In 1980
  • The Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, and Michael Jackson were among the winners at the Grammy Awards.

In 1981
  • Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder recorded the song "Ebony and Ivory."

In 1982
  • Journey's "Open Arms" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

In 1988
  • Aerosmith's "Angel" broke into the Top 40.

In 1991
  • James Brown was paroled after serving two years of a six year sentence.  He had been convicted on weapons and drug charges, and he aggravated his situation when he resisted arrest and led police on a car chase across two states.

In 1997
  • James Brown proposed marriage to talk show host Rolanda White, while she was taping her show.  She declined the offer.

In 2001
  • Carlos Santana was honored in his hometown of Autlan, MexicoA street was named after him and he received the keys to the city.
  • Cheap Trick released the album "Silver," in honor of the group's 25th anniversary.

In 2002
  • Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, and Gladys Knight were among the winners at the Grammy Awards.

In 2005
  • Memorabilia from such artists as Paul McCartney; James Brown; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and Bonnie Raitt were up for bid at a fundraising auction for the Station Family Fund, established to help the survivors and the families of the victims of the deadly 2003 Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
  • Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie "Ray."

In 2006
  • Roger Waters held a press conference in Paris to announce plans for a tour during which he would offer a presentation of the classic Pink Floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety.  The trek included a performance for the 100th anniversary of the French Grand Prix.
  • Four toilets that had been in the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia's home were sold in an eBay auction.  They went to the Internet casino Golden

In 2007
  • John Mellencamp made a guest appearance at Little Big Town's concert in Nashville.  They performed three songs from Mellencamp's album "Freedom's Road," which features guest vocals from the country group.
  • New releases included Kenny Loggins' "How About Now."

In 2008
  • The Bee Gees were among the first musicians to be featured in the Walk of Fame in Brisbane, Australia.
  • "American Idol" secured the rights to Beatles songs in a deal authorizing the show the use of the John Lennon-Paul McCartney songbook.

In 2011
  • Randy Newman earned his second career Oscar for Best Original Song with "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3."

In 2012
  • "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" launched Springsteen Week in honor of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  Instead of performing their own songs, the week's musical guests played Springsteen material.  Bruce and the Band was the featured guest to cap off the five-day celebration.
  • During a show in Philadelphia, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose apologized to fans for skipping a scheduled concert in the city ten years earlier.  At that December 2002 date, the audience sat through a two-hour set from the opening act before the official word came that Guns N' Roses wouldn't be appearing.  After the announcement the crowd broke out into a riot, and five people ended up hospitalized.

In 2013
  • The Rolling Stones were named Best Live Band and their documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" got the nod for Best Music Film at the NME Awards 2013.
  • The Temptations' Richard Street passed away in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism.  He was 70.