This Day in Music: July 27
Born on this day:
1943, Al Ramsey, Gary Lewis and the Playboys
1962, Karl Mueller, bass, Soul Asylum
1964, Rex Brown, bass, Pantera
On this day:
1958, fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso Gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot-heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1963, during a U.K. tour, The Beatles played the last night of a six-night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.
1974, Wings started a seven-week run at #1 on the U.K. album chart with Band On The Run, featuring the title-track, “Jet” and the U.S. hit “Helen Wheels.” The album sold over six million copies worldwide.
1976, Bruce Springsteen sued his manager, Mike Appel, for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen's career. An out-of-court settlement was reached the following year.
1986, Queen became one of the first Western acts since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Eastern Europe, when they played at Budapest's Nepstadion, Hungary. The gig was filmed and released as Queen: Live in Budapest. For more on this story, see the "This Day in Music" Spotlight.
2001, Leon Wilkeson, bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd, was found dead in a hotel room in Florida, aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 U.S. #8 single, “Sweet Home Alabama.” Wilkeson was also a member of the Rossington-Collins Band.
Story provided by ThisDayinMusic.com.