Friday, April 28, 2017

Today in Music History...April 28, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: April 28




2013 Bass player Lonnie Turner, a founding member of The Steve Miller Band, dies of lung cancer at age 66.

2007 Rihanna's "Umbrella" debuts at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven weeks before reaching #1.


2006 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused by the Swedish government of $12 million US in delinquency of back taxes.

2005 Jazz bassist Percy Heath dies of bone cancer two days before his 82nd birthday.

2005 Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville, North Carolina, after he falls to the arena floor from a speaker cabinet onstage.

2000 James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.

1999 Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.

1999 Members of The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.

1991 Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O'Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.

1989 Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) marries high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

1988 Country/pop singer B.W. Stevenson, known for the original 1973 version of "My Maria," dies at age 38 while undergoing heart valve surgery.

1987 Ray Charles appears before Congress to urge more funding for hearing research, stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."

1985 Bryan Ferry releases "Slave To Love."

1980 Tommy Caldwell (original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band) dies at age 30 when his Jeep overturns during an accident.

1978 Bob Dylan records "Baby, Stop Crying," "Is Your Love In Vain?" "New Pony," and "Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)."

1975 Rock 'n Roll DJ Tom Donahue, who also formed the San Francisco-based Autumn Records, dies of a heart attack at age 46. In 1996, Donahue would become just one of three disc jockeys to ever be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1975 Two ex-Beatles are on NBC: Ringo Starr performs "No No Song" on The Smothers Brothers Show; John Lennon guests on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

1969 Chicago releases Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago I).

1968 Daisy Berkowitz (lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson) is born Scott Mitchell Putesky in Florida.

1968 Featuring the Hippie anthem "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," the musical Hair opens on Broadway. The show is made into a movie in 1979.

1968 The Seeds guest star as "The Warts" on tonight's "How Not To Manage A Rock Group" episode of the NBC-TV sitcom The Mothers-In-Law.

1967 The Mamas and the Papas' "Mama" Cass Elliot gives birth to her only child, a daughter named Owen Vanessa whose father is never made public.

1967 Elvis Presley releases "Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)."

1966 Rapper Too Short, known for hits like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle," is born Todd Anthony Shaw in Los Angeles, California.

1966 The Beatles record "Eleanor Rigby."

1966 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'."

1965 Barbra Streisand's first television special, My Name Is Barbra, airs on CBS.

1964 Elvis Presley releases "Viva Las Vegas."

1963 19-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager a little later and makes them add the "g."

1960 Elvis Presley records "Big Boots," "What's She Really Like?," "Pocketful of Rainbows," and "Wooden Heart."

1958 David Seville's "Witch Doctor" hits #1. The song is his first using sped-up vocals to create the squeaky sound that later becomes The Chipmunks.

1956 Rock singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel, INXS) is born James Dixon Swan in Glasgow, Scotland.

1955 Keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music) is born in Billingham, England.

1955 Eddie Jobson (violinist and synth player for Roxy Music) is born in Billingham, England.

1952 Kim Gordon (bass guitarist for Sonic Youth) is born in Rochester, New York, but will be raised in Los Angeles, California.

1946 Perry Como's "Prisoner Of Love" hits #1.

1945 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) is born in New Jersey.

1943 Soul singer The Fantastic Johnny C, known for the 1967 hit "Boogaloo Down Broadway," is born Johnny Corley in Greenwood, South Carolina.

1941 Singer/actress Ann-Margret is born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.

1940 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000," the title taken from the phone number of the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City.

1934 Delta blues musician Charley Patton dies of a mitral valve disorder.

1924 Jazz singer Blossom Dearie is born in East Durham, New York.
 

Apple Launches iTunes Store Selling 99-Cent Songs

 
2003Apple launches the iTunes store, the first widely successful legal music download app, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service is available only to Mac users, with the music files encoded in Apple's proprietary format (AAC) restricting where they can be played.
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1990 Don Everly's daughter Erin, who inspired the song "Sweet Child O' Mine," marries Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. The rocky union lasts nine months.

1987 The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett becomes the first album to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.

1981 Original T. Rex bass player Steve Currie dies in a car accident at age 33, four years after the group's lead singer Marc Bolan met his demise in a similar fashion.

1979 Blondie "Heart Of Glass" hits #1 in America, the first of their four chart-toppers in that country.

1973 Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon hits #1 on the Billboard Albums chart. It stays at the top for just one week, but goes on to eclipse the record for most weeks on the tally, with over 880 (non-consecutive).

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