Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 28

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1954:  The first interview with Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
1956:  Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on the CBS program Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.
1956:  Gene Vincent appeared on The Perry Como Show.
1957:  Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the television program The Steve Allen Show.
1960:  Cliff Richard and the Shadows topped the competition in the U.K. with "Please Don't Tease".


1962:  A newcomer released his first single on this date--Tommy Roe gave us "Sheila".
1962:  "Roses are Red" from Bobby Vinton was the #1 song on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  Bobby Vinton had the #1 song for the third week in a row with "Roses Are Red".  

1962:  Ray Charles spent a 10th week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1964:  The Beatles played at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1965:  The Who appeared on the television show Ready Steady Go!.
1966:  James Brown was in concert at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
1970:  Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, opened in theaters.
1973:  The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and the Band performed at the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in Watkins Glen, New York.

1973:  "Touch Me in the Morning" by Diana Ross was the new #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1973:  Chicago VI moved from 18-1 to take over the #1 position on the album chart, leapfrogging Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon like it was standing still.  The previous #1, George Harrison's Living in the Material World, was #3.
    Everything about "The Poseidon Adventure" pointed to "blockbuster"

1973:  Jim Croce controlled the chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" for a second week.  The Carpenters moved up to 2 with "Yesterday Once More while Three Dog Night's great song "Shambala" was at #3.  Deep Purple was looking strong with "Smoke on the Water".  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Preston with "Will It Go 'Round in Circles", Seals & Crofts entered the Top 10 at #6 with "Diamond Girl", Paul Simon was on his way down after peaking at #2 with "Kodachrome", Bette Midler remained at position #8 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Maureen McGovern climbed from 20-9 with "The Morning After" and George Harrison had the #10 song with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)".
1975:  Bob Dylan began sessions for the album Desire.  Eric Clapton played dobro on the track "Romance in Durango" and Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on "Abandoned Love".
1979:  Journey, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent performed at "The World Series of Rock" in Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1979:  "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats was the new #1 song in the U.K.
1979:  "Good Times" by Chic was the new R&B #1 song.

1979:  Spyro Gyra had the new #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Morning Dance".

     One of the best live albums of the Rock Era


1979:  Bad Girls from Donna Summer remained as the #1 album with Breakfast in America by Supertramp jostling for another turn at the top.  I Am from Earth, Wind & Fire was #3 followed by Cheap Trick at Budokan and ELO's Discovery.  The rest of the Top 10:  Candy-O from the Cars, Teddy by Teddy Pendergrass at #7, Wings had Back to the Egg at #8, Dynasty from Kiss was stuck at #9 and the Knack moved into the Top 10 at #10 with Get the Knack.
1980:  The Police, U2 and Squeeze shared a bill at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1982:  Queen played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1982:  Jackson Browne and wife Lynne became the parents of son Ryan Daniel Browne.
1984:  Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson remained at #1 for a fourth week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "If Ever You're in My Arms Again".


1984:  Tina Turner scored a gigantic comeback when "What's Love Got to Do With It" entered the Top 10 on this date.  
1985:  Portland, Oregon declared "Kingsmen" day, in honor of their hometown band.
1987:  The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records over the use of "Revolution" in shoe commercials.
1990:  Sleeping With the Past by Elton John was the #1 album in the U.K.


1990:  Gloria Estefan charted her sixth Adult Contemporary #1 with "Cuts Both Ways".
1993:  Natalie Merchant appeared in concert with 10,000 Maniacs for the final time.

1995:  The Michael Jackson video "You Are Not Alone" premiered.
1993:  Roger Waters married Priscilla Phillips at the romantic location of the Romsey Registry Office in England.
1995:  James Al Hendrix won back the rights for his son's music, name, likeness and image.  Several companies had made money off of the late Jimi Hendrix for a number of years.
1996:  Marge Ganser of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer at the age of 48.
1998:  Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up.
1998:  Mary J. Blige released her debut album What's the 411?

1999:  Guitarist Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam came on stage at New York City's Supper Club to play "Magic Bus" and "Better Man" with Pete Townshend.
2000:  Usher collapsed from exhaustion in a New York City recording studio.
2001:  The Eagles were the first group to perform at the new American Airline Center in Dallas, Texas.

2002:  The Dave Matthews Band owned the #1 album with Busted Stuff.
2004:  George Williams of the Tymes ("So Much in Love" from 1963) died of cancer.
2005:  With little competition, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey remained at #1 for the ninth week in a row.
2006:  Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce from Prince.
2008:  Amy Winehouse was rushed to a hospital after having a reaction to a medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.   


 Born This Day:
1938:  George Cummings, steel guitarist and songwriter of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, was born in Meridian, Mississippi.
1943:  Mike Bloomfield of the Butterfield Band who also played on the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited, was born in Chicago,Illinois.
1945:  Rick Wright, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, was born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England; died September 15, 2008 of cancer.
1946:  Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine" from 1971) was born in Aitkin, Minnesota.

1949:  Simon Kirke, drummer of Free and Bad Company, was born in Lambeth, London.
1949:  Peter Doyle of the New Seekers, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1949:  Steve Took of T. Rex was born in Eltham, London; died of drugs October 27, 1980.
1954:  Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
1962:  Rachel Sweet ("Everlasting Love" with Rex Smith in 1981) was born in Akron, Ohio.
1965:  Nick Banks, drummer of Pulp, was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.
1990:  Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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