May 28th: On this day
1964, The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones forthcoming appearance on the British TV show, Juke Box Dury.
1966, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘What Now My Love’, setting a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten. The other three were; ‘South of the Border’, ‘Going Places’ and ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’.
1966, Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.
1966, All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England, watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers’s forthcoming documentary film, Don’t Look Back, which covered Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom.
1966, Love appeared at the Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, California, supported by The Doors.
1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, they were both later released on £50 ($85) bail.
1973, Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit ‘How Come’).
1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).
1976, The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disbanded after Greg Allman testified against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. An album of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year under the title ‘Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas’.
1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howlett’s band, Strontium 90 in Paris France.
1982, Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
1983, Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’. Taken from the film ‘Flashdance’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV’s ‘Roots’ and ‘The Next Generation’.
1983, The four day US Festival ’83’ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson. INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.
1983, Rapidfire appeared at Gazzarri’s On The Sunset Strip, in Los Angles. Rapidfire featured singer Axl Rose, who was seen for the first time by guitarist Slash, who was in the audience.
1985, Desert Island Discs radio presenter Roy Plomley died. He devised the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs in 1941, and went on to present 1,791 editions of the show, which became one of the longest running radio shows in the UK.
1988, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married his second wife clothing designer Teresa Barrick. The couple announced they were separating due to personal problems in February 2005.
1990, Mitch Mitchell former drummer with The Jimi Hendrix Experience took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly defamatory item. Are You Experienced?
1995, Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Cracked Rear View’. The album went on to sell over 15m copies.
1996, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.
2000, Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’. The singer’s second album also reached No.1 in thirteen other countries and has now sold over 20m copies.
2000, British singer and DJ Sonique started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It Feels So Good’. She first charted in 1989 with S-Express.
2007, The Police kicked off their 152 show Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans.
2007, Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, were both attacked during a march in Moscow. Trouble broke out when demonstrators tried to appeal against a ban on a gay rights march through the Russian capital. The banned march was aimed at marking the 14th anniversary of Russia decriminalising homosexuality.
2009, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bladder. The band who were currently on a world tour cancelled several shows because of the 47-year-old’s ongoing health problems.
2015, Michael Jackson’s former home, Neverland Ranch, was listed for sale for one hundred million dollars. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California included a train station, a six-bedroom house, a 50-seat movie theater and two lakes.
May 28th: Born on this day
1910, Born on this day, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King. Died on 16th March 1975.
1917, Born on this day, Papa John Creech, violinist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He died in 1994 aged 76.
1943, Born on this day, Tony Mansfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US N0.7 single ‘Little Children’).
1944, Born on this day, Billy Vera, US singer, (1987 US No.1 single with The Beaters, ‘At This Moment’ featured in the US TV show, ‘Family Ties’).
1944, Born on this day, Gladys Knight, singer, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1945, Born on this day, John Fogerty, guitar, vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’, plus ten other US Top 30 hits, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’). Solo and The Blue Ridge Rangers.
1948, Born on this day, Ray Laidlan, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’).
1949, Born on this day, Wendy O. Williams singer with The Plasmatics, a New York punk band who had the 1980 UK No. 55 single ‘Butcher Baby’. She died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds on April 6th 1998.
1955, Born on this day, John McGeoch, guitar, member of Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single ‘Shot By Both Sides’). Also worked with Siouxsie And The Banshees, Armoury Show, Public Image Ltd. Died in his sleep 5th March 2004 aged 49.
1959, Born on this day, Steve Harrington (Steve Strange), vocals, Visage, 1980 UK No.8 single, ‘Fade To Grey’. He died on 12th Feb 2015 after suffering a heart attack in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
1962, Born on this day, Roland Gift, singer, Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).
1968, Born on this day, Australian-born singer, songwriter, and actress Kylie Minogue who scored the 1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ plus over 40 other UK Top 40 hit singles). She achieved recognition by starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson and as of 2013, Minogue had worldwide record sales of more than 70 million.
1970, Born on this day, Mark Richardson, drums, Skunk Anansie, (1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’).
1970, Born on this day, Jimi Goodwin, (vocals, bass, guitar), Sub Sub, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use’). Doves, (2002 UK No.3 single ‘There Goes The Fear’ and 2002 UK No.1 album ‘The Last Broadcast’).
1981, Born on this day, Mark Feehily, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus four UK No.1 albums).
1985, Born on this day, Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter. 2008 Australian No.1 single ‘Bubbly’. 2009 US No.1 album ‘Breakthrough’. (Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Tusk albums).