Saturday, April 28, 2018

More Music History for April 28, 2018 ("Witch Doctor" Hits #1 on the Charts + others)

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1958 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
David Seville's novelty tune, "Witch Doctor" peaks at #1 on Billboard magazine's music chart and would go on to be the fourth best selling song of the year.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
"This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis And The Playboys is certified Gold. He will have eleven more Top Twenty hits, seven of which went Gold.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like Galt MacDermot's "Hair" and "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", along with "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy to Be Hard". The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
After reaching #13 with "Dancing In The Moonlight" last February, King Harvest sees their follow-up record, "A Little Bit Of Magic" peak at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100. Financial troubles at Perception Records are blamed for poor promotion and the New York State based group could never muster another hit.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Blondie brought a touch of New Wave music to the Hot 100 when "Heart Of Glass" reached #1. They would score three more chart toppers over the next two years.

April 28
Leo Sayer started a three week run at the top of the UK album chart with "The Very Best Of Leo Sayer".

1980 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Tommy Caldwell, bassist for The Marshall Tucker band, died of injures he received in a car accident in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was just 30 years old.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
B.W. Stevenson, who had a 1973 hit with "My Maria", died after heart surgery at the age of 38. He also wrote Three Dog Night's 1973 hit "Shambala". The "B.W." reportedly stood for "Buckwheat."

1990 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Singer Axl Rose of Guns 'N' Roses married Erin Everly, Don Everly's daughter. The couple would stay together for just 27 days.

April 28
Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The two are still together and have four children.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
A fire swept through the offices of James Brown Enterprises, where the singer's tours were co-ordinated. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested charged with arson.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Sweden's tax authority accused former ABBA guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus of owing nearly $12 million in back taxes, fees and interest. Ulvaeus' attorney denied the charges and said there was merely a misunderstanding over the musician's tax arrangements.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Corrado "Connie" Codarini, an original member of The Four Lads, passed away at the age of 80. The Canadian singing group placed twelve songs in the Billboard Top 40 between 1955 and 1958, including "Moments To Remember", "No, Not Much" and "Standing On The Corner".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Recording equipment seller MJQ Ltd. announced that it would be auctioning off microphones and equipment from John Lennon's home studio, on which he recorded early solo albums and his hit song "Imagine". The microphones were expected to fetch at least 5,000 pounds each.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 28
Paul McCartney played Japan's famed Nippon Budokan where he included a performance of "Another Girl" 'live' for the first time ever. The song, included on The Beatles' 1965 album "Help", had never been played on stage anywhere by the band or any of its members solo.

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