Events in Music on February 27

  • 1563 British composer William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

Music Premiere

1814 Ludwig van Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres

Music History

1854 German composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine River

Music Premiere

1964 Erwin Drake's musical "What Makes Sammy Run?", starring Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda, and Sally Ann Howes, opens at 54th St Theater, NYC; runs for 540 performances

Musical Finale

1965 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 375 performances

Music History

1977 Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada

Music History

1977 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"

Grammy Awards

1980 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year - Kenny Loggins' "What A Fool Believes"; Best Album - Billy Joel's "52nd Street"

Music History

1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record the single "Ebony & Ivory"

  • 1990 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)

Music History

1991 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • 1997 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • 1997 British singer Sade arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer

Grammy Awards

2002 44th Grammy Awards: "Walk On"; Alicia Keys win

Music History

2002 Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell receives Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Academy Awards

2011 83rd Academy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Best Original Score for 'The Social Network'

Music History

2015 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) sentenced to 16 years in prison for various child sex convictions

Music History

2018 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice