Today in Music History - June 27

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Today in Music History - June 27


Today in Music History - June 27

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Today in Music History for June 27:

In 1942, Canadian composer-arranger-pianist Frank Mills was born in Montreal. Mills first gained notice as the pianist for the pop group, "The Bells," from 1969-71 and wrote their hits "Stay Awhile" and "Fly, Little White Dove, Fly." Mills gained international stardom when his 1978 LP and single "Music Box Dancer" were awarded gold records in Canada and the U.S. Sheet music sales of "Music Box Dancer" approached one million.

In 1964, Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Paul McCartney wrote the song, but it was listed on the record under another name to see if a McCartney tune would be successful even if no one knew he had written it.

In 1969, the Denver Pop Festival opened at Mile High Stadium. Among the performers were Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and "Creedence Clearwater Revival." It was the last concert by "The Jimi Hendrix Experience." Later that year, Hendrix formed "The Band of Gypsies."

In 1978, Peter Gabriel, former lead singer for the British progressive rock band "Genesis," released the second of his four self-titled LPs. The album was produced by "King Crimson" guitarist Robert Fripp.

In 1986, old-time country musician Joe Maphis died at age 65. Joe and his wife, Rose Lee, were among the most popular country performers in the years following the Second World War. Maphis played guitar on many early rock 'n' roll sessions in California, including Ricky Nelson's first recordings.

In 1987, former "Guess Who" bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings jammed with Neil Young at a Winnipeg nightclub. Joining the trio were "The Guess Who" founder Chad Allan and Fred Turner, formerly of "Bachman-Turner Overdrive." Ten of Winnipeg's early rock bands were featured in the concert organized by local rock historian John Einarson.

In 1989, "The Who" performed their complete rock opera "Tommy" for the first time in 17 years. It was one of two "Tommy" performances on "The Who's" reunion tour. More than 6,000 fans paid from $150 to $1,000 a ticket for the New York event, with more than $1 million being raised for a group that helps autistic children and for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1989, the militant black rap group "Public Enemy" disbanded following anti-Jewish remarks made by member Richard "Professor Grif" Griffin. The group's so-called "Minister of Information," Griffin had already been dismissed after he told a Washington newspaper that Jews were responsible for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe." "Public Enemy's" record company said the decision to disband had nothing to do with reported pressure by the music industry. The group was back together within a matter of weeks.

In 1989, singer Tom Jones got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1990, the world's first international high-definition TV broadcast of a live concert, featuring Canadian rock singer Sheree, originated in Ottawa. The telecast, a joint venture between Japanese and Canadian firms, was beamed by satellite to 120 jumbo TV screens in 80 Japanese cities.

In 1992, a drunk Hank Williams Jr. swore at the audience and walked off stage after stumbling through parts of four songs at a concert near Kansas City.

In 1992, show singer Allan Jones, whose 1937 recording of "Donkey Serenade" was one of RCA Records' all-time bestsellers, died in New York of lung cancer. He was 84. Jones, whose forte was musicals and operettas, sang "Donkey Serenade" in the film "The Firefly," opposite Jeanette MacDonald. He also starred in the original film of the Jerome Kern musical classic "Show Boat."

In 1992, Michael Jackson kicked off his "Dangerous" world tour with a show before 70,000 fans in Munich. At the end of the show, Jackson wore a helmet and a fake rocket pack on his back and appeared to fly off stage. …

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