Monday, September 26, 2022

Music History Today: September 27, 2022

September 27, 1986: After it was featured in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Beatles track "Twist and Shout" re-entered the US singles chart.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie poster
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September 27, 1944: UK singer Alvin Stardust is born Bernard Jewry in London's Muswell Hill.

When Alvin Stardust first appeared on the British scene in November of 1973 glowering in a tight leather cat suit, more than one observer took a look at him and said, "I know that face." And they did.

Alvin Stardust
Alvin Stardust

More than a decade prior, during 1961 and 1962, this same figure was going under the name of Shane Fenton and scoring with two of the most memorable hits of the pre-Beatles '60s: "I'm a Moody Guy" and "Cindy's Birthday." 
Read more: Allmusic

 

September 27, 1980: Donna Summer entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "The Wanderer."

"The Wanderer" by Donna Summer was released as the lead single from her album of the same name. It became a big hit for Summer in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. 
Read more: Wikipedia 

 

September 27, 1999: Macy Gray released "I Try" from her album, On How Life Is.

Macy Gray's "I Try" had widespread appeal, getting airplay on pop, R&B and adult contemporary radio, and also doing well on MTV.

Macy Gray "I Try" single cover

It was not typical of her sound though - as many of the 7 million people who bought the On How Life Is album found out. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 27, 2011: Tony Bennett became the oldest living person to top the US album chart when the 85-year-old's Duets II' album went to Number 1. 

Tony Bennet's Duests II album featured collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga. It was his first US Number 1 LP in his 60 year career. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was Bob Dylan in 2009 with Together Through Life. At the time he was 67-years old.

Twist and Shout
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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