Over the Weekend in Rock ‘n’ Roll History
March 27, 1952
Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of [lastfm]Elvis Presley[/lastfm], [lastfm]Johnny Cash[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm] and many others.
March 27, 1958
CBS Laboratories announces the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary phonographs, when used on the proper equipment, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
March 27, 1960
Two anti-payola bills are introduced in US Congress by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. He blames payola for “the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll” and says that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, “especially among teenagers,” if not for the result of payola.
March 27, 1961
The very first record ever released by the late [lastfm]Del Shannon[/lastfm], “Runaway,” on Big Top Records, enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart on its way to becoming a million selling, number one hit. The flip side was “Jody.”
March 27, 1967
At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm] were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 – “Yellow Submarine”, most-performed song of 1966 – “Michelle” and next-most-performed song – “Yesterday”.
March 27, 1972
[lastfm]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] records what proves to be his very last Top Ten hit, “Burning Love”. It peaked at #2 on the US chart and #7 in the UK.
March 27, 1979
[lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm] married [lastfm]George Harrison[/lastfm]’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd in Tucson, Arizona. George, a long-time pal of Eric’s, attended the wedding as did Ringo and Paul. The newly weds would stay together for nine years.
March 27, 1995
[lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for “Can You Feel The Love” from The Lion King.