Today in Music

March, 27

  • 2000 Ian Dury, one of the best-loved individuals in recent U.K. music history, dies after a long battle with cancer. He is 57.
  • 2000 A recently taped N.W.A. reunion is aired on USA Network’s “” TV show. The reunion features original members, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren with Snoop Dogg stepping in for the late Eazy E.
  • 1999 The Bee Gees play the inaugural concert at Sydney’s new Olympic Stadium as the concluding event of their “One Night Only” tour.
  • 1998 Alice Cooper breaks ground for Cooper’s Town, the 50-year-old rocker’s sports- and rock‘n’roll-themed restaurant and bar to be built three blocks from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball stadium.
  • 1995 Tupac Shakur’s “Me Against the World” makes him the first rapper to debut at No. 1 on the charts while in jail for sexual assault.
  • 1993 Clifford Jordan dies of cancer in Manhattan at age 61. Jordan was a jazz saxophonist and big-band leader known for his improvisations and his light, floating approach. He recorded more than 35 albums.
  • 1991 Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at the historic Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The singer performs later in the evening after posting $5,000 bail.
  • 1987 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Lean on Me,” Club Nouveau. Bill Withers took the song to No. 1 for three weeks in 1972.
  • 1984 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins. The title song to the film starring Kevin Bacon is nominated for an Academy Award.
  • 1974 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” John Denver. The song is used as the title theme to an NBC-TV movie during the 1974-75 season.
  • 1970 Singer Mariah Carey, whose vocal range spans five octaves, is born in New York City.
  • 1951 Tony Banks of Genesis is born.
  • 1948 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Manana (Is Enough for Me),” Peggy Lee. The singer performed with Benny Goodman from 1941-43 and appeared in the films “Mister Mister” (1950) “The Jazz Singer” (1953) and “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (1955).