Events in Music on September 27

  • 1855 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

Historic Publication

1912 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song

  • 1945 Baldwin Bergerson's musical "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1947 "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 288 performances

Television Premiere

1954 "The Tonight Show" 1st premieres on NBC hosted by Steve Allen

Music Single

1973 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)

Music History

1979 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

  • 1981 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances
  • 1986 "Give Me Wings" single released by Michael Johnson (Billboard Song of the Year 1987)
  • 1990 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

Album Release

2013 Lorde releases her debut studio album "Pure Heroine"

  • 2016 American "boy band" pop music group 'Why Don't We' (WDW) forms in Los Angeles

Music History

2021 R&B artist R. Kelly is convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after a six-week trial in New York [1]