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One of the great live albums of all time was recorded on this and the following night at the Fillmore East in New York City in 1970. Mad Dogs & Englishmen featured Joe Cocker and Leon Russell backed by a great band that included a horn section and backing vocals from a choir that included Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, and Pamela Pollard.

Chris Stainton joined Russell on piano and organ, Carl Radle played bass, sax players Jim Horn and Bobby Keys were joined by Jim Price on trumpet, Don Preston played guitar and Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell and Bobby Torres provided drums and percussion.

The album got released in August. Expanded editions have been released since, and the complete sets from both nights are now available. There is also a great film documenting the tour that includes lots of behind-the-scenes footage of what proved to be one of the wildest tours ever staged.

 

Rockers of note born on 3/27 include Tony Banks of Genesis (1950) and INXS keyboards player Andrew Farriss (1959).

 

The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop near Philadelphia on 3/27/1973.

 

Scorpions released Love At First Sting on this day in 1984.

 

U2 shot the video for Where The Streets Have No Name during a rooftop live set in LA on 3/27/87.

 

And Sammy Hagar made his live debut fronting Van Halen on this night in 1987 in Shreveport, Louisiana.