Here’s what happened on this day in music history for September 27th
The Beach Boys made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They played the song “I Get Around.”
Ringo Starr and Beatles manager Brian Epstein served as judges for a benefit talent contest supporting the Oxfam charity in England.
Tommy Roe and Question Mark and the Mysterians appeared on the TV show “Where The Action Is.”
The Beatles were in the studio working on the song “I Am The Walrus.”
The Jackson 5 opened a Gary, Indiana show for Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Green River” peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Three Dog Night’s “Easy To Be Hard” peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
The Fifth Dimension released the single “Wedding Bell Blues.”
Roy Orbison was a guest on “The Johnny Cash Show.”
Rare Earth appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Rory Storme, who fronted Ringo Starr’s pre-Beatles’ group Rory Storme and the Hurricane, died of a drug overdose.
John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Isley Brothers’ “Fight the Power Part 1″ peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” broke into the Top 40.
Police detained the Runaways after a hair dryer was stolen from a London hotel during the group’s first British tour.
Jackson Browne finished working on his album “The Pretender.
Jimmy McCullough was found dead. The 26-year-old guitarist had just left Paul McCartney’s group Wings.
Elton John collapsed with the flu at a concert in Los Angeles. He took a 10-minute break and then returned to the stage to finish the set.
Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening” peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
While on tour in Sweden, Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died when the group’s bus hit a patch of ice and flipped over. Burton was 24.
The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” reentered the pop chart on the strength of the movies “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Back To School.”
Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” broke into the Top 40.
Billy Joel released the single “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
Marvin Gaye’s name was added to the “Walkway of the Stars” on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
James Taylor released the album “New Moon Shine.”
The Moody Blues released the album “Time Traveller.”
Bob Dylan played a Roman Catholic Youth Rally in Bologna, Italy. Afterwards he met Pope John Paul the Second.
It was ZZ Top day in Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille kicked off a tour with his new band, Samantha 7, with a show in Sandusky, Ohio.
Vince Neil entered an innocent plea through his attorney in a Los Angeles court room in connection with an incident in which he allegedly attacked producer Michael Schumann outside a West Hollywood restaurant five months earlier.
The movie “The Tuxedo,” featuring an appearance from James Brown, opened in theaters.
Carly Simon sued the Dakota building in New York, alleging managers turned down her application to live there, but kept her 99-thousand-dollar down payment on the property.
Elton John took part in the MotoRock Miami 100 — Battle By The Beach concert.
The first Vote For Change tour concert took place, featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Keb’ Mo’ in Seattle, Washington.
Phil Spector was formally indicted for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson during a hearing in Los Angeles. The district attorney had received the indictment several days earlier through a secret grand jury.
New releases included Neil Young’s album “Prairie Wind” and The Band box set “A Musical History.”
Dave Mustaine took time out during a show in Montreal to express his outrage that a man who went on a shooting rampage at Dawson College in Canada had said he was a Megadeth fan and had been inspired by the song “A Tout Le Monde.”
A Vietnam veteran who attended a Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young show in West Palm Beach Florida filed a lawsuit against the group. He claimed that the concert’s anti-war theme kicked up memories of his war experience which caused him to walk on stage and grab a microphone, and he was kicked and beaten after being dragged off stage and thrown through a door.
Van Halen began their highly-anticipated tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. The trek featured original singer David Lee Roth fronting the group, marking the first time he’d performed an extended run of shows with the band in more than 20 years.
U2′s Bono received the Liberty Medal in recognition of his work to help Africa. Former President George H.W. Bush made the presentation to the singer at a ceremony in Philadelphia.