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Today In Pop Music: August 27 – The Beatles Meet Elvis Presley – Brian Epstein Dies

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AUGUST 27 BIRTHDAYS

1942 – Daryl Dragon (The Captain and Tennille)

1944 – Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge – bass – ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’)

1944 – Cuba Gooding (The Main Ingredient – lead singer – ‘Everybody Plays the Fool)

1947 – David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight (Gladys Knight and the Pips – drums – died 2002)

1949 – Jeff Cook (Alabama – ‘Love In The First Degree’)

1953 – Alex Lifeson (Rush – guitar – ‘New World Man’)

ON THIS DAY

1965 – The Beatles, on a break from their American tour, met Elvis Presley at his Beverly Hills mansion.  No pictures or recordings of the evening have ever surfaced, and it was later described By some in attendance as “awkward”.  John Lennon later commented “Where’s Elvis.  It was like meeting Englebert Humperdinck”.

1977 – Detroit one hit wonders The Floaters, topped the British chart with ‘Float On’.  Here in the states, it was still climbing the Billboard Hot 100, where it would eventually peak at #2 for two weeks, kept out of the top spot by Andy Gibb’s ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ one week, and The Emotions ‘Best Of My Love’ the next.

1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when a helicopter in which he was a passenger, hit a man made ski slope in dense fog.  Stevie had requested the last seat on the copter from his brother, who obliged.  Three members of Eric Clapton’s band who had played on the same show that evening, were also killed.

1967 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead in a bedroom of his home in London from an overdose of sleeping pills. In addition to The Beatles, Brian also guided the careers of Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, America’s Cyrkle (Red Rubber Ball) and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas.  He was 32.

Here’s The Beatles first public reaction to the news.

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