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CDJ Today: November 27 in Classic Rock

Randy Brecker of Blood Sweat and Tears
Randy Brecker of Blood, Sweat and Tears. Credit: Rusty Russell. Courtesy: randybrecker.com

November 27, 1967 – The Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour, which goes on to sell over 6 million copies in the U.S.  Released as a double EP in the UK and an LP in the U.S., the album included the soundtrack to the film of the same name and was nominated for a Grammy.

November 27, 1991 – Freddie Mercury’s funeral is held in London with 35 close friends and family including Elton John and Mercury’s Queen bandmates. At the singer’s request, his longtime companion Mary Austin took his cremated ashes and buried them in an undisclosed location.

November 27, 1970 – George Harrison releases the triple album All Things Must Pass, which includes the hit singles “My Sweet Lord” and “What Is Life.”  The release, co-produced by studio legend Phil Spector, would go on to be certified 6x platinum and become the best selling album by a solo Beatle.

November 27, 1970 – Black Sabbath headline a triple bill at The Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park, N.J.  Opening for Black Sabbath are Cactus and Steel Mill, featuring Bruce Springsteen.  The members of Black Sabbath and Cactus have a fistfight over who should close the show.  Admission was $5.00.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 27, 1942 – Jimi Hendrix, guitar, vocals (d. 1970)
November 27, 1935 – Al Jackson, drums (Booker T. and the M.G.’s) (d. 1975)
November 27, 1948 – Dave Winthrop, saxophone (Supertramp)
November 27, 1945 – Randy Brecker, trumpet (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
November 27, 1959 – Charlie Burchill, guitar (Simple Minds)
November 27, 1962 – Charlie Benante, drums (Anthrax)
November 27, 1962 – Mike Bordin, drums (Faith No More)

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