On December 27, 1981, Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael died aged 82. He was composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. Carmichael composed several hundred songs, including fifty that achieved hit record status. His best known songs are four among the most-recorded American songs of all time: “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind” (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell), “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul” (lyrics by Frank Loesser). His song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, won the “Academy Award for Best Original Song” in 1951. Carmichael’s songs were performed by many famous musicians including Sidney Arodin, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bix Beiderbecke, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Helen Forrest, Harry James, Spike Jones, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Glenn Miller, Dinah Shore, Jack Teagarden and Paul Whiteman.
On December 27, 1978, Christopher Branford Bell died aged 27. He was songwriter and musician (guitar, singer), best known as founding member, guitarist and singer of the band Big Star. His work has inspired, and his songs were covered by many musicians and bands including R.E.M., Wilco, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Afghan Whigs, Pete Yorn, Beck The Posies, and The Replacements. In 2013, “Magnolia Pictures” released documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me”, which documented his life and work. In 2018, the book “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”, was published, also dealing with his life and music. Bell’s album “I Am the Cosmos” was posthumously released in 1992.
On December 27, 2008, Delaine Alvin “Delaney” Bramlett died aged 69. Being singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Bramlett was best known by the partnership with his wife Bonnie Bramlett in a revolving troupe of professional musicians and rock stars Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. In his five decade long career, Bramlett performed and recorded with big number of famous musicians, including: J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, King Curtis, Elvin Bishop, The Crickets, Dave Mason, John Simon, John Hammond Jr, Duane Allman, Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pacific Gas & Electric, John Ussery, Commander Cody, Dann Rogers, Hank Thompson, Ian Whitcomb and T. Graham Brown.
On December 27, 1979, “Bearsville” label released “Adventures in Utopia”, the fifth Utopia album. It was recorded at the “Utopia Sound Studios” and was produced by Todd Rundgren and Utopia.
- Todd Rundgren- guitars, vocals, composer, engineer, photography
- Roger Powell- keyboards, vocals, trumpet, composer
- Kasim Sulton- bass, vocals, composer
- John “Willie” Wilcox – drums, vocals, composer
All tracks by Utopia.
- The Road to Utopia
- You Make Me Crazy
- Second Nature
- Set Me Free
- Last of the New Wave Riders
- Shot in the Dark
- The Very Last Time
- Love Alone
- Rock Love
On December 27, 1976, “Charisma” label released “Wind & Wuthering”, the eighth Genesis studio album. It was recorded September – October 1976, at the “Relight Studios” in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, and was produced by David Hentschel and Genesis. This was the last album to feature guitarist Steve Hackett prior to his departure to pursue a solo career. “Wind & Wuthering” received Gold certification both by the “BPI” and by “RIAA”.
- Phil Collins– vocals, drums, cymbals, percussion
- Steve Hackett– electric guitars, nylon classical guitar, 12 string guitar, kalimba, autoharp
- Mike Rutherford– 4, 6, and 8 string bass guitars, electric and 12 string acoustic guitars, bass pedals
- Tony Banks– Steinway grand piano, ARP 2600 synthesizer, ARP Pro Soloist synthesizer, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Roland RS-202 string/brass synthesizer, Fender Rhodes piano
- Hipgnosis– design
- Colin Elgie – design
- Eleventh Earl of Mar – Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford
- One for the Vine – Tony Banks
- Your Own Special Way – Mike Rutherford
- Wot Gorilla? – Phil Collins, Tony Banks
- All in a Mouse’s Night – Tony Banks
- Blood on the Rooftops – Steve Hackett, Phil Collins
- Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers – Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford
- In That Quiet Earth – Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins
- Afterglow – Tony Banks
On December 27, 1967, “Columbia” label released “Songs of Leonard Cohen”, the debut Leonard Cohen album. It was recorded in August 1967, at the “Columbia Studio E” in New York, and was produced by John Simon.
All tracks by Leonard Cohen.
- Master Song
- Winter Lady
- The Stranger Song
- Sisters of Mercy
- So Long, Marianne
- Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
- Stories of the Street
- One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
On December 27, 1967, “Columbia” label released “John Wesley Harding”, the eighth Bob Dylan studio album. It was recorded October – November 1967, and was produced by Bob Johnston. The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after the three previous electric albums. The album was certified Gold in the US by the “RIAA” after only three months after its release. The album track “All Along the Watchtower” became one of Dylan’s best known most songs and it was recorded by Jimi Hendrix the following year. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “John Wesley Harding” at number 301 at its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.
- Bob Dylan– guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboards, vocals
- Kenneth Buttrey – drums
- Pete Drake– pedal steel guitar
- Charlie McCoy– bass guitar
- John Berg – cover photo
All tracks by Bob Dylan.
- John Wesley Harding
- As I Went Out One Morning
- I dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
- All Along the Watchtower
- The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
- Drifter’s Escape
- Dear Landlord
- I am a Lonesome Hobo
- I Pity the Poor Immigrant
- The Wicked Messenger
- Down Along the Cove
- I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight