On This Day September 27
2003 – “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” by Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, is in its fourth and final week as a No. 1 single. It wins the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
2011 – Tony Bennett becomes the oldest artist to top the Billboard album chart when the 85-year-old’s “Duets II” album reaches No. 1. The record, featuring collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, was also his first chart-topper in a six-decade career.
1938 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt writes to German Chancellor Adolf Hitler about the threat of war in Europe. The German chancellor had been threatening to invade the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia and, in the letter, Roosevelt reiterates the need to find a peaceful resolution.
1954 – The “Tonight” show premieres on NBC with comedian-pianist Steve Allen hosting through 1957 before handing off to Jack Paar and later Johnny Carson, who hosted through 1992. Subsequent hosts have been Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and, currently, Jimmy Fallon.
1964 – The Warren Commission Report on the JFK assassination is released. It concludes there was no conspiracy and that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the presidential shooting on November 12, 1963.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Essential John Denver
This collection captures the breadth of John Denver’s incredible musical legacy. It opens with his ’60s folk period with “Leaving on a Jet Plane. Then there’s the down-home side with the back-porch ballad “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and the fiddle-flecked foot-stomper “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” And of course, soaring pop ballads like “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Rocky Mountain High” are included.
Fore! / Huey Lewis & The News
Released in 1986, Huey Lewis & the News’ fourth album sailed to No. 1 on the strength of five Top 10 singles: “Stuck with You,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “I Know What I Like,” and “Doing It All for My Baby.” You’ve tapped your foot to at least one of these tunes over the years. Now tap to them all!
Inventing Late Night
Based on exclusive interviews, author Ben Alba has produced this wonderful history of the first “Tonight” show, complete with terrific photos from the program and revealing insights from more 30 entertainment legends who knew and worked with Steve Allen — including Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, and many more.
Breach of Trust
The Warren Commission’s major conclusion was that Lee Harvey Oswald was the “lone assassin” of President John F. Kennedy. Author Gerald McKnight rebuts that view in this meticulous and devastating dissection of the Commission’s work.
Bat Out of Hell / Meat Loaf
A revving Harley of operatic rock purrs at the heart of this 1977 epic that proved to be the career catapult for Meat Loaf’s brand of piano-hammering emotion. This album contains such classics as “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.”
Shaun Cassidy - Greatest Hits
A teen idol of the late ’70s, actor and singer Shaun Cassidy rocketed to fame both on the pop charts and on television (“The Hardy Boys Mysteries”), much as his half-brother David Cassidy had earlier in the decade. This collection contains such fan favorites as “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll.”