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September, 27

  • 2000 Quincy Jones’ Listen Up Foundation donates $25,000 to five South Central Los Angeles youth organizations. The endowments, made in the names of the five teens who make up Listen Up’s From South Central To South Africa youth delegation, are presented during a reception at the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. The five teens — Martha Gonzalez, JeJuana Johnson, Megan Yaleh Meaway, Hector Sanchez, and Omari Trice — traveled to the Orange Farm Township, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the country’s most disadvantaged communities, to build homes for three South African families.
  • 2000 U2 perform two songs from its upcoming album on the roof of Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, a property owned by the band. The performance of the single “Beautiful Day” and album track “Elevation” is videotaped for an Oct. 6 episode of the U.K. music show “Top Of The Pops.”
  • 1998 While talking to friend and occasional co-writer, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson on his cell phone, Steve Wariner is pulled over and given a ticket for driving in an HOV lane with no passengers in his car. Wariner tells the tale on TNN’s Opry Backstage show. He admits to dropping Anderson’s name to the citing cop in hopes of softening the blow, but with no results.
  • 1995 Stung by criticism of rap label Interscope, Time Warner severs its ties with Interscope rather than release Tha Dogg Pound’s first album, which soon debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • 1986 Bassist Cliff Burton of Metallica dies in a bus crash in Sweden at age 24.
  • 1984 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince & the Revolution. The song is the second No. 1 hit from Prince’s film “Purple Rain.”
  • 1973 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “We’re an American Band,” Grand Funk. The single is pressed on gold-colored vinyl.
  • 1963 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Blue Velvet,” Bobby Vinton. The song comes from a Vinton album in which all the songs have the word “blue” in their titles.
  • 1943 Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.