THIS DAY IN ROCK

August 27th: Supertramp, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Queen, ZZ Top and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1964: During a North American tour, The Beatles, performed a show at Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, in front of 14,000 fans.

1965: On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley's personality was decidedly "unmagnetic". John Lennon remarked soon after, ‘Where’s Elvis’ It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.’

1967: British music entrepreneur and Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner's inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.

1969: During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin played two shows at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Haven.

1977: 'Just A Song Before I Go' by Crosby, Stills & Nash peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1977: 'Give A Little Bit' by Supertramp peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.

1977: 'Little Darling (I Need You)' by the Doobie Brothers, a cover of the Marvin Gaye song, peaks at Number 48 on the pop chart.

1977: Jackson Browne records "Running On Empty" at a show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

1982: During a North American tour, Queen appeared in Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1983: 'China Girl' by David Bowie peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.

1983: 'Sharp Dressed Man' by ZZ Top peaks at Number 56 on the pop chart.

1988: 'All Fired Up' by Pat Benatar peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.

1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist's of all time.

1991: Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten. The group’s most commercially successful album, which has sold over 13 million copies, produced three hit singles: Alive, Even Flow, and Jeremy.

1992: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song 'A Day In The Life' from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold in an auction at Sotheby's London for $100,000 (£56,600). The lyrics were put up for sale again in March 2006 by Bonhams in New York. Sealed bids were opened on March 7th, 2006 and offers started at about $2 million. The lyric sheet was auctioned again by Sotheby's in June 2010 when it was purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid $1,200,000 (£810,000).

1994: Woodstock by Jimi Hendrix peaks at Number 37 on the album chart.

2006: The Rolling Stones played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, England on their 'A Bigger Bang' world tour.


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