On This Day

Events in Music on March 27

  • 1808 Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
  • 1910 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

Music Recording

1945 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg-Billy Rose song "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Music Concert

1948 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

Music Concert

1950 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Music Recording

1951 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Film Premiere

1952 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Album Release

1970 Ringo Starr releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey", a collection of pre-rock standards

Music History

1973 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

  • 1978 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • 1980 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1980 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances

Music Single

1981 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK

Album Release

1981 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances

Music Premiere

1984 Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's rock musical "Starlight Express"

Album Release

1992 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 9th and 10th studio albums - "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" - on the same day; musicians other than the E-Street Band are used

Music Single

1995 "Back for Good" single released by British boy band Take That, reaches No. 1 in 31 countries

  • 1996 Stage adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater, New York City; runs for 118 performances
  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances