May 27th 2008, Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had ‘awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues’. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.
May 27th 1956, Born on this day, Neil Finn, guitar, vocals, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘I Got You’). Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single ‘Weather With You’). Solo and Finn Brothers.
May 27th 1943, Born on this day, Priscilla White (Cilla Black), singer, TV presenter, 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles). Black died at her holiday home near Marbella, Spain, on 1 August 2015. She was 72.
May 27th 1994, The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The two-and-a-half-hour show ended with two encores, closing with ‘Desperado’.
May 27th 1957, Born on this day, Eddie Harsch, keyboards, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single ‘Hard To Handle’, 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’).
May 27th 1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.