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27 Club

27 Club

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27 Club

It is sad and sadly interesting how many musicians have died at the age of 27. Attached is a pdf of that so-called "Club"


The Band sang it so well...
No one lives forever
   Who would want to
   But you're too soon gone, too soon gone
   Too soon gone, too soon gone


...and so did Robbie Robertson solo
Are you out there
   Can you hear me
   Can you see me in the dark


click → List of musicians who died at age 27



1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

The following lists and examples show how popular music evolved during the 1960s. More artists began to write and sing their own songs and, of course, the style and content of popular music changed.

Having said that, notice the lack of Grammy awards for the new voices, the new perspectives, particularly of those who would go on to play at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. They are seldom seen on top lists and rarely recognized with a Grammy.

To view a list, click the green link and a new page will appear. An asterisk (*) next to a song writer indicates the performer wrote the song as well.


List of 1960 #1 songs3 of 20 [15%] were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year and top selling single of the year. The Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith

Grammy Song of the Year Theme From Exodus Ernest Gold, songwriter.

List of 1960 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart

Billboard #1 album of 1960: Original Cast, The Sound of Music

1960 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1961 #1 songs4 of 22 (18%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Moon River Henry Mancini

Top selling single of 1961: Tossin' and Turnin'  by Bobby Lewis

List of 1961 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year Judy At Carnegie Hall Judy Garland

Billboard #1 album of 1961: Original Cast, Camelot

1961 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1962 #1 songs5 of 21 (24%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett

Grammy Song of the Year What Kind Of Fool Am I Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse, songwriters.

Top-selling single of  1962: Acker Bilk, Stranger on the Shore

List of 1962 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year  The First Family Vaughn Meader

Billboard #1 album of 1962: Soundtrack, West Side Story

1962 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1963 #1 songs1 of 21(4%) were written/co-written by the  artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Days Of Wine And Roses Henry Mancini

Top-selling single of 1963: Jimmy Gillmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack

List of 1963 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the  Year The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand

Billboard #1 album of 1963: Soundtrack, West Side Story

1963 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1964 #1 songs9 of 24 (37.5 %) were written/co-written by the artist
Grammy Record of the Year The Girl From Ipanema Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

Grammy Song of the Year Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman, songwriter.

Top-selling single of 1964: The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand

List of Billboard #1 albums 1964
Grammy  Album of the Year Getz/Gilberto João Gilberto & Stan Getz

Billboard #1 album of 1964:  Original Cast, Hello Dolly

1964 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1965 #1 songs9 of 27 (33.3 %) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year A Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert

Grammy Song of the Year The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From “The Sandpiper”) Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster, songwriters.

Top-selling single of 1965 (even though it never reached #1): Sam the Sham and the PharaohsWooly Bully

List of 1965 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year September Of My Years Frank Sinatra

Billboard #1 album of 1965: Soundtrack, Mary Poppins

1965 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1966 #1 songs10 of 26 (38%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra

Grammy Song of the Year Michelle John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Top-selling single of 1966: Barry Sadler, Balled of the Green Berets

List of 1966 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year A Man And His Music Frank Sinatra

Billboard #1 album of 1966: Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

1966 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1967 #1 songs8 of 19 (44%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Up, Up And Away 5th Dimension

Top-selling single of 1967: Lulu, To Sir With Love

List of 1967 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles
Billboard #1 album of 1967: The Monkees, More of the Monkees

1967 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1968 #1 songs8 of 16 (50%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Mrs. Robinson Simon And Garfunkel

Grammy Song of the Year Little Green Apples Bobby Russell, songwriter.

Top-selling single of 1968: The Beatles, Hey Jude
List of 1968 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year By The Time I Get To Phoenix Glen Campbell

Billboard #1 album of 1968:  Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?

1968 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums


List of 1969 #1 songs8 of 17 (47%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (the Flesh Failures) 5th Dimension

Grammy Song of the Year Games People Play Joe South

Top-selling single of 1969: The Archies, Sugar, Sugar

List of 1969 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year Blood, Sweat And Tears Blood, Sweat And Tears

Billboard #1 album of 1969: Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 

1969 other important albums



September 25 Peace Love Activism

September 25 Peace Love Activism

Technological Milestone

September 25 Peace Love Activism

September 25, 1956: the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable went into service. (see August 3, 1958)


School Desegregation

September 25 Peace Love Activism

September 25, 1957: in a dramatic and unprecedented move, President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure the racial integration of Central High School. The Little Rock crisis was one of the most dramatic events in the history of the civil rights movement.

Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus and local authorities had resisted integration in the face of a court order to implement the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. Mobs had prevented the enrollment of nine African-American students (the “Little Rock Nine”) on September 23, as local authorities failed to maintain public order. Central High School was successfully integrated on this day because of the federal troops.

In 1958, however, local officials resisted another court order, and that issue resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision asserting the authority of the federal courts to enforce lawful court orders, Cooper v. Aaron, on September 12, 1958. Nonetheless, the Little Rock school board (which was not directly affected by the court decision) voted to close the schools rather than integrate, and the 1958–1959 academic year is known as the “lost year.” The schools opened the following year. (BH & SD, see Oct 5; Central High School, see February 9, 1960)
Herbert Lee murdered

September 25 Peace Love Activism

September 25, 1961: E.H. Hurst – a local white state legislator – shot and killed Herbert Lee in front of several eyewitnesses. Mr. Lee was a member of the Amite County, Mississippi, NAACP and worked with Bob Moses of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on a voter registration drive. Louis Allen, a black man who witnessed the murder, was initially coerced into saying that Hurst killed Herbert Lee in self defense; he later recanted and said Hurst had actually shot Lee for registering black voters.

Louis Allen spoke with the FBI about Lee’s murder, but told federal authorities that he would need protection if he were to agree to cooperate in their investigation. The FBI refused to provide protection, and Allen did not testify against Hurst. However, news spread in the local community that Allen had spoken with federal investigators.

Beginning in 1962, Mr. Allen was targeted for harassment and violence: local whites cut off business to his logging company; he was jailed on false charges; and on one occasion, Sheriff Daniel Jones broke Allen’s jaw with a flashlight. The son of a high ranking local Klansman, Sheriff Jones was suspected to also be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Louis Allen filed complaints and testified before a federal grand jury regarding the abuse he suffered at the hands of Sheriff Jones, but his claims were dismissed.. (BH, see May 5, 1962; Lee, see Jan 31, 1964)
St. Matthew’s Baptist Church burned down
September 25, 1962: a pre-dawn fire at St. Matthew's Baptist Church destroyed the building. It was the fifth black church to burn in the past month. (BH, see Sept 25; Albany, see Nov 18)
James H Meredith
September 25, 1962: Mississippi Governor Ross R Barnett’s responded with two proclamations. To sheriffs and law enforcement officers:  They were “authorized and directed to proceed to do all things necessary that the peace and security of the people of the State of Mississippi are fully protected.” The second, directed at Meredith stated in part that “in order to prevent violence and a breach of the hereby and finally deny you admission to the University of Mississippi.” (see September 26, 1962)
Johnnie May Chappell
September 25, 1964:  soon after obtaining the confessions (see Aug 11), detectives Cody and Coleman were ordered to stop their investigation. Afterwards, Cody was not sure anything else was done to develop the case, but on this date a grand jury indicted all four men on the evidence in the murder of Johnnie May Chappell.

J.W. Rich was the first to go on trial. He says now that the prosecution didn’t have anything on him. It’s true that the case may have looked slim to a jury. The .22-caliber gun that Cody and Coleman recovered was never introduced at trial (it later disappeared from the evidence room). Cody himself wasn’t called to testify. The other men’s statements weren’t submitted in court. The bullet taken from Chappell’s body was introduced in a plain white envelope, not an evidence bag showing the date it had been recovered and from where. Perhaps unwilling to press for a first-degree murder charge in the death of a black woman, the prosecutor told jurors they could find Rich guilty on a lesser count. The jury found him guilty of manslaughter and the judge gave Rich 10 years. He would serve 3.

The State Attorney’s Office released Wayne Chessman, Elmer Kato, and Alex Davis from prosecution for lack of evidence, despite their confessions. (BH, see Oct 14; Chappell, see December 4, 2002)

The Cold War


September 25 Peace Love Activism

September 25, 1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met with President Eisenhower. The two men came to general agreement on a number of issues, but a U-2 spy plane incident in May 1960 crushed any hopes for further improvement of U.S.-Soviet relations during the Eisenhower years. (NYT article) (see May 1)
Nuclear/Chemical News
September 25, 1962: Soviet Union above ground nuclear test. 19.1 megaton. (see Sept 27)
see The Beatles cartoon series for more
September 25, 1965: a cartoon series featuring The Beatles began in the US. Simply titled The Beatles, it ran until 1969 on the ABC network with 39 episodes produced over three seasons. The series was shown on Saturday mornings at 10.30am until 1968, when it was moved to Sunday mornings. Each episode was named after a Beatles song, with stories based on the lyrics. The Beatles themselves were not directly involved in the production, which was created by Al Brodax and Sylban Buck, and produced by King Features Syndicate. American actor Paul Frees provided the voices for John Lennon and George Harrison, while British actor Lance Percival did the same for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. (see Oct 9)

Eve of Destruction
September 25 – October 1, 1965: “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. (see Sept 30)

Eighth Big Sur Folk Festival
September 25, 1971:  the final one featured: Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Mimi Fariña and Tom Jans, Mickey Newbury, Big Sur Choir, Lily Tomlin & Larry Manson

September 25, 1976: the Irish rock band U2 formed after drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posted a note seeking members for a band on the notice board of his Dublin school.
September 25 Peace Love Activism


September 25, 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. (see Nov 12)

Irish Troubles

Maze Prison escape
September 25, 1983: 38 Irish republican prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of HMP Maze, in the largest prison escape since World War II and in British history. (see Dec 17)
Irish Republican Army
September 25, 2005:  two months after announcing its intention to disarm, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) gave up its weapons in front of independent weapons inspectors. The decommissioning of the group s substantial arsenal took place in secret locations in the Republic of Ireland. One Protestant and one Catholic priest as well as officials from Finland and the United States served as witnesses to the historic event. Automatic weapons, ammunition, missiles and explosives were among the arms found in the cache, which the head weapons inspector described as "enormous." (see June 15, 2010)

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