September 28th: On this day
1962, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club Liverpool. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles’ third and final “Riverboat Shuffle”.
1965, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales. During the 1960s The Capitol Theatre saw all the major acts of the era performing here including The Beatles and The Kinks.
1968, American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure aged 42. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, ‘That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’
1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968. In 1996, Julian paid £25,000 for the recording notes to the song at an auction.
1968, Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.
1974, Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott The Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.
1974, Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Gently’, it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies Sugar Sugar.
1976, A&M Records sued George Harrison for $6 million over non-delivery of a new album after he missed the deadline by two months.
1976, Stevie Wonder released his eighteenth studio album Songs in the Key of Life, an ambitious double LP with a four-song bonus EP. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Chart on October 8, 1976, becoming only the third album in history to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist.
1980, The Police were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ the group’s third No.1. Taken from their album ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ and the best selling single of 1980.
1985, Kate Bush scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Hounds Of Love’. The singers second No.1 album featured the tracks ‘Running Up That Hill’, ‘Cloudbusting’, ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’.
1987, U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Joshua Tree world tour.
1991, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia. His 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’, is a major influence on jazz music. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
1991, Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.
1991, Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Ropin’ The Wind’. The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the No.1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11m copies.
1991, Guns N’ Roses released 2 albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.
1991, On the week of their album Nevermind being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ had also entered the US Top 20 this week.
2000, As part of their UK ‘Under A Big Top Tour’, Radiohead played the first of two nights at Glasgow Green in Scotland.
2002, Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.
2002, Tina Turner’s hometown, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.
2003, Muse were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Absolution’ the bands fourth album and first No.1.
2004, Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.
2007, The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.
2007, An ad for P Diddy’s Unforgivable Woman perfume range, featuring a lingerie-clad model cavorting with the rapper in a New York hotel stairwell, was shown on Channel 4 in the UK. The ad had been banned in the US by the Federal Communications Commission, for being too sexually explicit for US audiences.
2007, Michael Jackson’s spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, denied that the Pop star had married his children’s nanny, Grace Rwaramba. A statement issued to the press read: “Wide-spreading reports regarding Michael Jackson being married are not true. Documents stating otherwise are a hoax.” Jackson had already been married twice and had three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
2008, Kings of Leon started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Only by the Night’ the bands fourth studio album.
2009, Adam Goldstein (DJ AM.), American club DJ and musician died of an accidental drug overdose at home in New York City aged 36. Had worked with Blink 182, Crazy Town and Madonna Goldstein had survived a plane crash along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in September 2008.
2009, Lucy Vodden, the childhood pal of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate.
2010, Souvenir hunters were being condemned for “wanton vandalism” after sections of masonry were hacked off the house of Ringo Starr’s birthplace. Fans who were campaigning to halt town hall plans to demolish 9 Madryn Street, found that chunks of brickwork had been removed from the house.
September 28th: Born on this day
1902, Born on this day, Ed Sullivan, TV host, The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture; the broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers. Sullivan died on 13th October 1974.
1938, Born on this day, Ben E King, (Benjmin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters who had the 1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, and the 1987 UK No.1 solo single ‘Stand By Me’, (first released in 1961). King died at the Hackensack University Medical Center on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76.
1943, Born on this day, Nick Nicholas, Steppenwolf, (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).
1946, Born on this day, Helen Shapiro, UK Singer, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘Walking Back To Happiness’).
1947, Born on this day, Peter Hope Evans, Medicine Head, (1973 UK No.3 single ‘One And One Is One’).
1950, Born on this day, Paul Burgess, drums, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including two No.1’s).
1952, Born on this day, Andy Ward, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’)
1953, Born on this day, Jim Diamond, singer, songwriter, (solo UK No.1 single ‘I Should Have Know Better’), PHD, (1982 UK No.3 single ‘I Won’t Let You Down’). He died on 8 October 2015.
1960, Born on this day, Jennifer Rush, singer, (1985 UK No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
1962, Born on this day, Peter Hooton, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’).
1966, Born on this day, Kenny Wilson, (Ginger Fish), drums, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’
1977, Born on this day Young Jeezy, (Jay Jenkins), US rapper, (2006 US No.1 album ‘The Inspiration’).
1984, Born on this day, Melody Thornton, singer, The Pussycat Dolls, (2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don’t Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes). The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The other’s being the Spice Girls, B*Witched and Girls Aloud).
1987, Born on this day Hilary Duff, US singer, actress, star of Lizzie McGuire TV show, (2003 US No.1 album ‘Metamorphosis’ and 2005 US No.1 album ‘Most Wanted’).