Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Saturday, May 27, 2023

66 years ago (1957)Brunswick Records releases the Crickets' (with lead singer Buddy Holly) first record and only chart topper, That'll be the Day, backed with I'm Looking for Someone to Love.
65 years ago (1958)Singer/guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is born.
61 years ago (1962)Bob Dylan releases his The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP, which contains songs like Blowin' In The Wind and A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.
56 years ago (1967)Two of America's biggest record labels, Columbia and RCA Victor, announce they will raise the list price of mono albums by a buck on June 1. It's the first increase since 1953.
56 years ago (1967)Otis Redding's the Bar-Kays enters the R&B chart with Soul Finger, an instrumental that will peak at #3 R&B and #17 pop. It's their biggest hit without Redding. Six months later, four members of the band will perish in the plane crash that killed Redding.
46 years ago (1977)Two weeks after signing the Sex Pistols, Virgin Records releases God Save the Queen to coincide with Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee celebration in June. The tune is banned from British airplay because of its “treasonous sentiments.” Nonetheless, it becomes #1 in the U.K., listed in some reports with a blank line where the title should be.
45 years ago (1978)The Rolling Stones release Miss You, the first single from their upcoming album, Some Girls.
36 years ago (1987)During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system sets off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.
35 years ago (1988)Van Halen's Monster Of Rock touring festival opens at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin. The show marks the group's return to live performing following a two year break.
34 years ago (1989)Stevie Wonder is given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.
34 years ago (1989)Chicago and The Beach Boys begin touring together for the first time in 14 years. Brian Wilson joins the group on occasion during the tour.
17 years ago (2006)Michael Jackson makes his first public appearance since being acquitted on child molestation charges, receiving a Legend Award from MTV Japan in Tokyo.
6 years ago (2017)Greg Allman, keyboardist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, dies at age 69. The Allman Brothers Band was essentially the house band for the legendary Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans in the early 70's.

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