December 27th: The Faces, Kerry Livgren, Rod Stewart, Gregg Allman and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1960: The Beatles appeared at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Added to the bill at the last minute, The Beatles were not advertised to appear, so banners had been pasted onto advertising posters, saying "Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!" Since The Beatles were playing in an area they'd only played in once before, most of the audience assumes they were a German group.

1963: The music critics from the UK newspaper The Times, named John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, the Sunday Times' music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters "the greatest composers since Beethoven."

1964: The Who appeared at the Ealing Club, Ealing Broadway, London, England.

1967: The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles, California.

1969: Led Zeppelin II was at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over six million copies in the US.

1969: 'Let It Bleed' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1975: Queen started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'A Night At The Opera' the group's first No.1 album.

1975: The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.

1975: 'Almost Saturday Night' by John Fogerty peaks at Number 78 on the pop chart.

1975: 'I Believe In Father Christmas' by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer peaks at Number Two on the U.K. pop chart.

1975: Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren and Victoria Carpenter are married.

1977: 'Aja' by Steely Dan is certified platinum.

1978: The self-titled debut album from the Cars is certified platinum.

1978: 'Minute By Minute' by the Doobie Brothers is certified gold.

1978: 'Blondes Have More Fun' by Rod Stewart is certified platinum.

1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. 'Just Like Starting Over' started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.

1980: 'Hungry Heart' by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.

1983: The Police played the first of four sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London, England, on their Synchronicity world tour.

1986: 'War' by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, a cover of the Edwin Starr song, peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1986: 'Don't Get Me Wrong' by the Pretenders peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

2008: Thieves broke into a house belonging to Allman Brothers Band singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman in Georgia and stole a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men where charged with the burglary two days later.

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