Today In Pop Music: June 27 – Aerosmith Becomes The First Major Bands To Let Their Fans Do This
JUNE 27 BIRTHDAYS
1935 – Doc Pomus (prolific songwriter: ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, Save The Last Dance For Me’, A Teenager IN Love’ – died 1991)
1944 – Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys/vocals-guitar)
ON THIS DAY
1964 – Peter and Gordon topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “A World Without Love”, a song the duo got from Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The fact that Paul was dating Peter’s sister at the time couldn’t have hurt!
1968 – Elvis Presley was taping segments for his ’68 TV special which would be broadcast in December. It was one of the highest rated specials of the season and led to Elvis’ resurgence as a recording artist.
1970 – The Jackson Five began a two week stay at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Love You Save”, the group’s third consecutive chart topper.
1987 – Whitney Houston became the first woman in US history to enter the Billboard album chart at #1 with her album ‘Whitney”.
2002 – Just one day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 tour of the United States, bass guitarist John Entwistle died in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He was 57 years old.
1994 – Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track for free from the internet. Over 10,000 CompuServe subscribers downloaded “Head First” within its first eight days of availabilty. It was never issued as a single. “Crazy” was their biggest single that year, peaking at #12.
Their biggest selling single of all time would come four years later when “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.