Monday, August 28, 2017

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

Music History: August 28th:

2009 Three days before the release of their second studio album, The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink's brother Doug announces that he will leave the band to pursue a career in medicine. In a 2011 interview, Charlie says that Doug is still the one he consults first on matters concerning the band. "He can always see where I'm going, even when something is embryonic and sounds like madness."

2009 Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein dies of what is ruled as an accidental overdose at age 36 in his New York City apartment. This comes nearly a year after AM and his friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of four others.

2005 For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.

2004 Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."

2001 Mary J. Blige releases her fifth studio album, No More Drama.

2001 Weezer releases "Island in the Sun," the second single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).

1998 The movie Studio 54, about the legendary New York Disco, opens starring Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers as the club's owners.

1998 Pearl Jam's video for "Do The Evolution," their first since "Jeremy" in 1992, debuts on MTV. The band does not appear in the video, which is animated by Todd McFarlane.More

1998 The Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall In Love opens in theaters. Named after Lymon's famous song, the film stars Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.

1997 In Leeds on the U2 Popmart tour, Bono responds to George Harrison's comment, "Bono and his band are so egocentric," by holding up a middle finger and saying, "This one's for you George!"

1996 Isaac Hayes officially protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man" (which he wrote) by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign (which had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man").

1993 At a charity concert held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, Natalie Merchant plays her first gig after leaving 10,000 Maniacs.

1986 The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, California, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young.

1986 Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1984 With over one million ticket sales in only two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, entitled Victory, becomes the most successful concert tour of all time.

1984 The Egyptian poet Abdul Rahim Mansour dies.

1982 Country singer LeAnn Rimes is born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Mississippi.

1981 Guy Stevens (music producer/manager) dies of a prescription drug overdose in South London, England, at age 38. He produced The Clash's third album, London Calling.

1981 Country singer Jake Owen is born Joshua Ryan Owen in Winter Haven, Florida. Arriving with him is fraternal twin brother, Jarrod.

1971 John Denver's first hit, "Take Me Home Country Roads," peaks at #2 on the Hot 100.

1970 The third day of the Isle of Wight Festival includes performances from Procol Harum, Rory Gallagher's trio Taste and Chicago. Although appearing on the bill and in the programme, Mungo Jerry decide not to play when the show overruns to such an extent they would be playing in the early hours of the morning.

1969 Paul and Linda McCartney have their first child: a daughter named Mary, named after Paul's mother.

1968 At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, overzealous police in riot gear brutally beat protestors who are demonstrating against the Vietnam War. The Doors, Graham Nash and Chicago all write songs about it.More

1968 The Beatles begin recording "Dear Prudence."

1967 In San Francisco, Grateful Dead, along with Janis Joplin's group Big Brother & the Holding Company, play the funeral of a Hell's Angel killed after being hit by a car.

1965 Bob Dylan plays "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.

1965 Country singer Shania Twain is born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

1965 The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.

1964 The Beatles smoke pot for the first time, which is supplied by Bob Dylan, who joins the band after one of their concerts in New York state. Dylan is surprised they haven't tried it before, as he thought they sang "I get high" in their song "I Want To Hold Your Hand," when it was really "I can't hide."

1961 Joe Dowell's "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.

1960 A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now Or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.

1951 Wayne Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Ogden, Utah.

1951 Dave Hlubek (lead guitarist for Molly Hatchet) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1949 Martin Lamble (drummer for Fairport Convention) is born in St John's Wood, London, England.

1948 Danny Seraphine (original drummer for Chicago) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1943 Ann "Honey" Lantree (drummer and singer for The Honeycombs) is born in Hayes, Middlesex, England.

1943 Actor/singer David Soul is born David Richard Solberg Jr in Chicago, Illinois. Soul played "Hutch" to Paul Michael Glaser's "Starsky" in the '70s crime series, Starsky & Hutch.

1942 Ken Andrew (original drummer for Middle of the Road) is born in Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland.

1937 Vocalist John Perkins (of The Crew-Cuts) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Known for the hit 1954 cover of The Chords' "Sh-Boom."

1931 Drummer Clem Cattini (of The Tornados) is born Stoke Newington, North London, England.

1931 Luis Russell Orchestra records "You Rascal, You."

1925 Song-and-dance man Donald O'Connor is born in Chicago, Illinois. Known for starring in Singin' in the Rain with Gene Kelly.

1925 Country singer Billy Grammer is born in Benton, Illinois. Known for his chart-crossing 1959 hit, "Gotta Travel On."

1904 Swing/Jazz musician Ernie Fields is born in Nacogdoches, Texas. Raised in Oklahoma, he would be known as bandleader to Tulsa-based Royal Entertainers.

1890 Poet and composer Ivor Gurney is born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England.

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2009 After the latest in a series of incidents between feuding brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis finally split, with Noel walking out for good. "It is with some sadness and great relief... I quit Oasis tonight," he says. "People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."More

2003 Britney Spears and Madonna share a big, juicy kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna then plants one on Christina Aguilera, but we only get a glimpse of it because the director cuts to a shot of a thunderstruck Justin Timberlake in the audience.More

1963 Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" before King speaks.

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