This Day In Rock History: Dec 28th

John Legend

John Legend

  • 1961, Danny Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Moon River’, the Oscar-winning song was from the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The Tokens were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’
  • 1968, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with the The White Album the group’s 12th US No.1 album.
  • 1968, Vanilla Fudge appeared at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada supported by Led Zeppelin on their first US tour.
  • 1971, George Harrison was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Sweet Lord’ making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston.
  • 1978, Chris Bell guitarist with Big Star was killed after his car crashed into a telephone pole, he was 27.
  • 1980, St Winifred’s School Choir were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There’s No One Quite Like Grandma.’
  • 1993, Canadian singer Shania Twain married record producer Mutt Lange. The couple had separated in 2008 after 14 years of marriage.
  • 1998, UK radio station BBC Radio 1 aired the 100 National Anthems, songs voted by listeners. At No.5 Radiohead, ‘Creep’, No.4 Underworld ‘Born Slippy’, No.3 The Verve ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, No.2 Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ No.1 Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’.
  • 2002, Shamed rock star Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia after spending two nights in jail over suspected sex offences.
  • 2005, Pink Floyd were voted the greatest rock stars ever in a survey of 58,000 listeners from UK radio station Planet Rock. Led Zeppelin were voted into second place, 3rd was The Rolling Stones, 4th The Who, 5th, AC/DC, 6th, U2, 7th, Guns N’ Roses, 8th, Nirvana, 9th, Bon Jovi and in 10th place Jimi Hendrix. Listeners also named the 1970s as the golden age of rock, followed by the 1960’s.
  • 2011, Sinead O’Connor announced the end of her marriage to therapist Barry Herridge after only 16 days. O’Connor admitted that they had “made a mistake rushing into getting married”. This was the Irish singers fourth marriage.

Born on this day:

  • 1915, Born on this day, Roebuck ‘pop’ Staples, vocals, The Staple Singers, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Let’s Do It Again’). Died 19th December 2000.
  • 1921, Born on this day, Johnny Otis, (1957 UK No.2 single ‘Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me’, 1958 US No.9 single ‘Willie And The Hand Jive’).
  • 1938, Born on this day, Charles Neville, sax, The Neville Brothers, (1989 UK No.47 single ‘With God On Our Side’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Chas Hodges, Heads Hands And Feet, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Edgar Winter, Edgar Winter Group, keyboards, vocals, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single ‘Frankenstein’).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Dick Diamonde, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Alex Chilton, guitar, vocals, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’), formed Big Star in 1971. Died in hospital of heart problems in New Orleans on March 17th 2010 aged 59.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Richard Clayderman, French pianist who has sold over 70 million albums world-wide, biggest UK hit is the 1982 UK No.2 album ‘Richard Clayderman.’
  • 1954, Born on this day, Rosie Vela, US singer songwriter, (1987 UK No.27 single ‘Magic Smile’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Paul Wagstaff, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’).
  • 1978, Born on this day, John Legend (John Stephens), singer, songwriter, 2006 US No.3 & UK No.10 album ‘Once Again.’ Scored the 2014 US No.1 single ‘All Of Me’.

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