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Music History for Tuesday, 8/27/19


2013 - Rapper Big Sean released his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. It debuted at No. 3 on the charts.

2013 - To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Alabama reunites for Alabama & Friends, a tribute album with some of the group's biggest hits sung with contemporary country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean.

2011 - Katy Perry’s song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" became her fifth single from Teenage Dream to reach No. 1 on the charts, tying Michael Jackson's record for the most singles from one album to do so. She became the second artist and only woman in history to do this.

2010 - Marvin Hamlisch was named principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra in California.

2009 - A statue of the late Michael Jackson was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood. The ceremony was held only two days before what would have been the singer’s 51st birthday.

2008 - After battling laryngitis, Neil Diamond, postponed concerts in Wisconsin and Missouri.

2007 - Aretha Franklin honored tennis legend Althea Gibson during the Opening Night ceremony for the U.S. Open in New York.

2006 - Barbara, the wife of Ringo Starr, fractured her right leg after being kicked by a horse on her 59th birthday. Barbara later required surgery.

2005 - CMT ranked Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" at number one in their countdown of the 20 Greatest City Songs.

2003 - Keith Urban went platinum with his album Golden Road.

2002 - The Dixie Chicks released their acoustic-based album Home.

1999 - Joe Thomas, who co-produced Brian Wilson’s 1998 album Imagination, countersued Wilson's wife Melinda, claiming she manipulated both men during the making of the album in order to reap financial benefits for herself.

1998 - Phil Vassar welcomed the birth of his child, a daughter named Haley.

1998 - The mother of country star Garth Brooks underwent 12 hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her throat.

1998 - Billy Joel canceled the fall leg of his tour because of recurring problems with his throat.

1997 - Actor Steven Seagal kicked off a North American music tour to promote his newest film, Fire Down Below.

1996 - Smashing Pumpkins kicked off a long-awaited tour. The start was delayed a few weeks since the band had to break in replacement players to take over for fired drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and dead keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin.

1995 - Neil Young headlined the Reading Festival with Pearl Jam as his backing band.

1994 - Boyz II Men started a 14-week run at number one on the singles chart with “I’ll Make Love to You.”  The record-breaking run came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with “On Bended Knee.”

1994 - Clay Walker ascended to the top of the Billboard country chart with "Dreaming with My Eyes Open."

1992 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life" sold for 87 thousand dollars at an auction.

1990 - Garth Brooks' No Fences album hit stores.

1990 - Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when his helicopter crashed in a hill in East Troy, Wisconsin.  He was 35.  Vaughan was on his way back from a concert with Eric Clapton and Robert Cray.  Three members of Clapton’s crew were also killed in the accident.

1988 - George Michael had his eighth number one single in the ‘80s with “Monkey,” a record only beaten by Michael JacksonTracy Chapman had the number one album with her self-titled debut.

1987 - Los Lobos had the number one song with "La Bamba."  It was recorded for the movie of the same name starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens.

1977 - Crystal Gayle began a four-week run at number one with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

1975 - The number one song was "Get Down Tonight" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band.

1967 - Beatles manager Brian Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose.

1965 - The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

1965 - Bob Dylan's second electric album, Highway 61 Revisited, was released.

1957 - Bill Anderson wrote "City Lights" in Commerce, Georgia. It went to number one in 1958 for Ray Price and again for Mickey Gilley in 1974.

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