September 27th: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Police, Cliff Burton, and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1963: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.

1967: Working on new songs, The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song ‘I Am The Walrus’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Fool On The Hill.’

1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen's Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather, all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.

1969: 'Green River' by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.

1969: 'Easy To Be Hard' by Three Dog Night peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Shiei Taikukan Hall in Hiroshima, Japan.

1975: Phil Collins and Andrea Bertorelli are married. They later divorce, which inspires his Face Value album.

1978: Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album 'Slowhand''

1979: Elton John collapses on stage at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, due to exhaustion from the flu. After resting for 10 minutes, he resumes his three-hour show.

1979: The Police kick off a U.S. tour at the Hotel Diplomat in New York City.

1979: Former Paul McCartney & Wings and Thunderclap Newman guitarist Jimmy McCulloch dies at age 27.

1980: 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' by the Police hits Number One on the U.K. pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.

1980: Scary Monsters And Super Creeps by David Bowie peaks at Number 12 on the U.S. album chart, the same day it hits Number One in the U.K.

1986: Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour, members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus. Burton had won the game with an Ace of Spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him.

1986: 'Walk This Way' by Run D.M.C. & Aerosmith peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1986: The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout' re-entered the US singles chart over twenty-five years after it first appeared, after the song was featured in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

2000: U2 played a show from the rooftop of The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, (which they own). Over 4,000 fans gathered on the streets below.

2004: Phil Spector is indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury in Los Angeles for the shooting death of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson at his home in Alhambra, California, in February 2003.

2008: Pink Floyd's manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!

2008: Metallica started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Death Magnetic', the bands ninth studio album.

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