27 March

Pick a Day

27 MARCH

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2021 Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album, which debuted at #1 in America, logs its 10th week at the top, the most weeks for a debut chart-topper since Whitney Houston's self-titled album in 1987. In its fourth week at #1, Wallen was caught on camera using the N-word (addressed to his white friend) after a night of drinking, but instead of tanking the album when his music was pulled from radio stations, the controversy helped extend its run as fans bought and streamed it in support.

2013 Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires dies at age 88.

2013 Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams dies at age 64. Not to be confused with the singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams, the subject of the 2011 documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive.

2011 Dionne Warwick is the fourth contestant fired by Donald Trump on season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

2008 The Los Angeles Times publishes — and later retracts — a story that Diddy had a hand in the shooting that killed Tupac Shakur. In the end, it is all fiction conjured by an imprisoned con man.

2008 A jury convicts rapper Remy Ma of assault charges stemming from a shooting outside a Manhattan night club.

2008 Trace Adkins is one of the finalists on Season 7 of The Celebrity Apprentice. He loses the battle to tabloid editor Piers Morgan.

2007 Faustino Oramas of Buena Vista Social Club dies at age 95.

2006 Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

2006 Pete Wells, guitarist in Rose Tattoo, dies of prostate cancer at age 59.

2005 Mexican singer Rigo Tovar dies at age 58.

2004 Prince kicks off his Musicology tour with a show in Reno, Nevada. The average ticket costs $61, which includes a copy of the Musicology album. These are counted as sales according to Billboard, so the album rises to #3 (his previous three albums failed to chart). The tour takes in $87.4 million, making it the highest-grossing of 2004.

2003 John Lennon's boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.

2001 Bruce Springsteen releases Live In New York City, the accompanying album to an HBO concert film that follows the Boss and his E Street Band on a ten-show tour, ending at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

2000 British singer Ian Dury, who with his band Ian Dury & the Blockheads had a #1 UK hit with "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," dies of cancer at age 57.

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"Pac-Man Fever" Takes Hold

1982

"Pac-Man Fever," a song about the arcade game that has America enthralled, cracks the Top 10, becoming the only song about a video game ever to do so.


The jingle writers Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia get a case of Pac-Man fever when they discover the game at a restaurant in Marietta, Georgia and decide to write a song about it. Using sound effects recorded from an actual game, they put together "Pac-Man Fever," the story of a guy who hits the arcade with a pocket full of quarters and plays until he's out of coins. Released on a local label, the song gobbles up airtime on the Atlanta radio station 94Q, which gets the attention of CBS Records. The label signs the duo and gives them 10 days to complete an entire album of video game songs. Stalking arcades during the day and writing at night, they come up with tracks like "The Defender" and "Do the Donkey Kong." The album is released with unique sleeve art: patterns that demonstrate how to clear boards in Pac-Man. The album sells well as the video game trend takes hold. Pac-Man becomes the highest-grossing arcade game of all time, and even gets its own cartoon series.

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