BORN ON JUNE 27
1913 – Elton Britt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
1924 – Rosalie Allen, American singer (d. 2003)
1925 – Doc Pomus, American singer-songwriter (d. 1991)
1942 – Bruce Johnston, American singer-songwriter (The Beach Boys and Bruce & Terry)
1945 – Joey Covington, American drummer, songwriter (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) (d. 2013)
1948 – Camile Baudoin, American guitarist (The Radiators)
1958 – Lisa Germano, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (John Mellencamp, OP8 and Eels)
1972 – Dawud Wharnsby, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist
1976 – Leigh Nash, American singer-songwriter (Sixpence None the Richer)
1979 – John Warne, American bass player (Relient K and Ace Troubleshooter)
1980 – Jennifer Goodridge, American keyboard player (Your Enemies Friends)
DIED ON JUNE 27
2002 – John Entwistle, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (The Who) (b. 1944)
2009 – Fayette Pinkney, American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
2014 – Bobby Womack, American singer-songwriter (The Valentinos) (b. 1944)
2015 – Chris Squire, English singer-songwriter and bass player (Yes, The Syn, and XYZ) (b. 1948)
EVENTS ON JUNE 27
1964 – The Rolling Stones appeared as the entire panel on BBC-TV’s ‘Juke Box Jury’.
1969 – The Denver Pop Festival opened at Mile High Stadium. Violence broke out in the 50,000+ crowd and police moved in with clubs and tear gas.
1970 – Led Zeppelin was the headlining act at the three-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England. The line-up also included, The Byrds who played an acoustic set, Jefferson Airplane who aborted their set, Pink Floyd, who premiered their new suite, “Atom Heart Mother”, which at that time was announced as the “Amazing Pudding,” Santana, The Flock, Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It’s a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.
1970 – The newly formed Queen featuring Freddie Mercury on vocals, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Mike Grose on bass played their first gig at Truro City Hall, Cornwall, England. They were billed as Smile, Brian and Roger’s previous band, for whom the booking had been made originally. Original material at this time included an early version of ‘Stone Cold Crazy’.
1971 – Legendary rock promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East, the New York version of his equally legendary San Francisco “rock ballroom.” The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and Country Joe McDonald are on the bill for the final show.
1980 – Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle, Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1981 – Motorhead scored their UK No.1 album with ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’. The live album was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.
1989 – The Who performed the rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
1989 – King’s X released their sophomore album ‘Gretchen Goes to Nebraska.’ The concept album was based on a short story written by drummer Jerry Gaskill. Having received strong critical praise and fan support, ‘Gretchen Goes to Nebraska’ is considered among the best work of King’s X.
2002 – One day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.
2015 – Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.