This Day in Music History: December 27th

2008: The Georgia home of The Allman Brothers Band’s singer and organist Gregg Allman was burglarized. Thieves stole a pistol, silver dollar collection and unreleased live recordings. The two burglars were charged two days later and all property except for the pistol was recovered.

2004: Hank Garland, guitarist for Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers died of staph infection in Orange Park, FL. He was 74 years old.

1989: A former cook at Chuck Berry’s Southern Air restaurant filed a civil suit against Berry alleging that hidden video cameras were installed in the women’s restrooms. 200 other women also took action against Berry in a collective class action suit.

1986: Bruce Springsteen peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of Edwin Starr’s “War” which was Springsteen’s ninth top ten single in the U.S.

1976: Blues guitarist Freddie King died of a heart attack and complications from bleeding ulcers and pancreatitis in Dallas. He was 42 years old.

1975: Queen reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with A Night at the Opera which spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

1969: Led Zeppelin reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time as Led Zeppelin II began a seven non-consecutive week run on top.

1967: Bob Dylan released his eighth studio album John Wesley Harding which marked a return to Dylan’s traditional roots & acoustic music. 

1960: The Beatles performed a homecoming concert at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool after their stint in Hamburg. Stuart Sutcliffe was still in Germany at the time of this concert.

Birthdays:
Mick Jones-guitarist for Foreigner born in 1944
Larry Byrom-guitarist for Steppenwolf, Neil Young & Steve Winwood born in 1948
David Knopfler-guitarist for Dire Straits born in 1952


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