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This Day in Music History: August 27th

1995: Neil Young headlined the final night of the three-day Reading Festival in Reading, U.K. with Pearl Jam as his backing band. Other acts on the bill included Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and the Foo Fighters.

1992: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life” sold for $87,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

1991: Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten which contained the rock radio staples “Alive”, “Even Flow”, “Jeremy” and “Black”. Ten would later peak at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in 1992.

1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan died in helicopter crash in East Troy, WI en route to Chicago when the helicopter collided with a ski slope. He was 35 years old.

1983: Asia’s sophomore album Alpha entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It would go on to peak at number six & go on to be certified Platinum that October.

1977: Jackson Browne recorded “Running on Empty” during a concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. “Running on Empty” went on to reach number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart the following year.

1977: Crosby, Stills and Nash peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Just a Song Before I Go” which was their highest charting single in the U.S.

1967: The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein died of a sleeping pill overdose. The Beatles found this out while they were on a retreat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1965: Elvis Presley & The Beatles meet for the first and only time at Elvis’ home in Bel Air, CA. They had a brief jam session after Paul McCartney offered to give Elvis some lessons on the bass. When The Beatles left, John Lennon told Elvis’ friend Jerry Schilling to make sure that Elvis knew that “if it hadn’t been for him, The Beatles would be nothing.”

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