On This Day in Music for May 27

Events in Music

  • 1906 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 1957 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
  • 1967 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1972 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • 1972 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1976 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC
  • 1982 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1738 Bonaventura Furlanetto, composer
  • 1799 Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elle Halevy, [Elie Levy], composer
  • 1806 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, composer
  • 1822 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Josef Joachim Raff, composer
  • 1849 "Blind" Tom Bethune, pianist/composer
  • 1884 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafta, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer
  • 1895 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • 1902 Celius Dougherty, composer
  • 1907 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader
  • 1908 Harold Rome, composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles)
  • 1909 Isador Goodman, composer
  • 1914 Hugh Le Caine, composer
  • 1921 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)
  • 1928 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • 1929 Donald Howard Keats, composer
  • 1930 Eino Tamberg, composer
  • 1931 Kenny Price, Florence Ky, country singer (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw)
  • 1931 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • 1932 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932 Jeffrey Bernard, singer
  • 1935 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer
  • 1935 Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)
  • 1939 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • 1940 Rene Koering, composer
  • 1942 Priscilla Anne McLean, composer
  • 1943 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1946 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish musician (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Liana Alexandra, composer
  • 1948 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1958 Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)
  • 1966 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • 1971 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • 1975 André 3000, American musician (OutKast)
  • 1975 Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)
  • 1981 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor

Weddings in Music

  • 1996 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • 1638 Nicolas Forme, composer, dies at 71
  • 1652 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39
  • 1690 Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1708 Jacques Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 51
  • 1840 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57
  • 1878 Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49
  • 1968 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1983 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • 1988 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 1991 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1992 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1994 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1995 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2003 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • 2011 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • 2017 Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69