Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: July 28

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 debuted on the charts for the first time 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".

1963:  Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed at the Newport Folk Festival.  Pete Seeger, the Rooftop Singers, and Ian & Sylvia were among the other performers which wrapped up the three-day event.
1964:  The Beatles played the first of two nights at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1966:  James Brown was in concert at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan, New York.
1969:  A new American band first hit the scene on this date, as Grand Funk Railroad (as they were first known) released their first single "Time Machine".  Whether they were on the railroad or off of it, Grand Funk was "some kind of wonderful".
1970:  The movie Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, opened in theaters in Australia.  It was released in the U.S. October 7.
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 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 resumed sessions for the album Desire after a session on July 14 failed.  Eric Clapton played dobro on the track "Romance In Durango" and Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on "Abandoned Love".
1979:  Journey, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Thin Lizzy 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.
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.

1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "When I Think Of You".
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, performing at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

1995:  The Michael Jackson video "You Are Not Alone" premiered on the half-hour ABC television special, Michael Jackson Changes HIStory.
1993:  Roger Waters of Pink Floyd 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 in the Bronx 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.
2000:  Jerome Smith of K.C. and the Sunshine Band died from being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating.  He was 47.  (Note:  many websites claim Smith died on August 2.  While news of his death reached the media on August 2, Smith died on July 28, according to an article by MTV.)
2001:  The Eagles were the first group to perform at the new $840 million American Airline Center in Dallas, Texas.

2002:  The Dave Matthews Band owned the #1 album with Busted Stuff.
2004:  George Williams, lead singer of the Tymes ("So Much In Love" from 1963), died of cancer in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
2005:  With little competition, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey remained at #1 for the ninth week in a row.
2008:  Amy Winehouse was rushed to the emergency room of a London 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; died of drugs in San Francisco, California February 15, 1981.
1945:  Rick Wright, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, was born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England; died September 15, 2008 of cancer.  (Note:  some websites erroneously list his birthday as January 28; it was on July 28, according to 'Billboard' and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Some websites put his place of birth as Hatch End, London.  London did not become a county until 1974, long after Wright was born in 1945.  At the time of his birth, Hatch End was located in the county of Middlesex, and that is the county shown on his official birth certificate.)
1946:  Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine" from 1971) was born in Aitkin, Minnesota.

1949:  Simon Kirke, drummer of Free and Bad Company, was born in Lambeth, Surrey, England.  (Note:  some sites incorrectly show birthday as August 27.  He was born on July 28, according to the newspaper 'Star-Daze'.  Some websites also show his birthplace as Lambeth, London.  Lambeth is a borough of London, and London did not become a county until 1974.  In 1949, when Kirke was born, Lambeth was located in the county of Surrey.)
1949:  Peter Doyle of the New Seekers was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; died October 13, 2001 of throat cancer in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
1949:  Steve Took (real name Stephen Porter) of T. Rex was born in Eltham, Middlesex; died of drugs October 27, 1980 in North Kinsington, London.  (Note:  several websites mistakenly say he was born in Eltham, London.  The county of London did not exist until 1974, long after Steve was born.  In 1949, Eltham was in the county of Middlesex.)
1954:  Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.  (Note:  the infamous '' and other websites insist Morse was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Although there is indeed a city called Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, Morse was not born there.  He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, according to numerous reputable sources, including the books 'Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends:  How To Sound Like Your Favorite Players' by Pete Prown and Lisa Sharken, 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Guitarists' by Prown, Harvey P. Newquist, and Jon F. Eiche, and 'Secrets from the Masters' by Don Menn and Hal Leonard.  Some websites falsely report that he was born on June 28.  According to the official website for Deep Purple, Morse was born on July 28.
1962:  Rachel Sweet ("Everlasting Love" with Rex Smith in 1981) was born in Akron, Ohio.
1990:  Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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