Thursday, December 28, 2017

Today in Music History...December 28, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 28th:


2016 Singin' in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds dies of a stroke at age 84, one day after losing her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, to a fatal heart attack.

2014 Singer Frankie Randall, who often played piano for the Rat Pack in the '60s and entertained in Frank Sinatra's home, dies of lung cancer at age 76.

2010 Southern rocker "Mean Gene" Kelton dies at 57 when his SUV collides with a school bus in Crosby, Texas.

2005 Barry Cowsill (of The Cowsills) is found under a wharf in the Mississippi River. Cowsill, living in New Orleans, survived Hurricane Katrina but drowned in the flooding following the storm.

2003 Pete Townshend of The Who reveals to a London newspaper that he seriously considered suicide after a 2002 arrest for child pornography charges. The guitarist had claimed he was visiting child porn websites as research for a book dealing with his own sexual abuse as a child.

2002 Meri Wilson, known for the 1977 hit "Telephone Man," dies in a car crash at age 53.

2002 Cambodia deports Gary Glitter and extradites him back to the UK to face a conviction in London on child pornography charges.

1998 Suffering from alcoholism and depression, Atlanta Rhythm Section lead singer Ronnie Hammond gets in an altercation with police in Macon, Georgia, who shoot and wound the singer.

1981 The cost of a two song 45-rpm single reaches $1.98 (about the same as the cost of downloading two songs today).

1978 John Legend is born John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio.

1978 Rolling Stone's annual Readers and Critics Poll both agree that The Rolling Stones album Some Girls is Album Of The Year.

1976 Bluesman Freddie King dies of acute pancreatitis and complications from stomach ulcers at age 42.

1975 Ted Nugent has a .44 Magnum gun pulled on him at a concert in Spokane, Washington, until the man is wrestled to the ground by security.

1974 Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby" hits #1.

1972 Mick Jagger visits Managua, Nicaragua, with his wife Bianca, searching for her mother after a devastating recent earthquake that claimed thousands of lives. Fortunately, Bianca's mother is fine.

1971 Max Steiner, known for composing iconic film scores for Casablanca and Gone With The Wind, among others, dies of congestive heart failure at age 83.

1971 Sha Na Na makes the big time tonight, headlining Carnegie Hall with host Keith Moon of The Who (a huge fan of the group, as it turns out).

1970 John Lennon releases "Mother."

1968 The Beatles' ninth studio album, The Beatles (aka The White Album), hits #1.

1965 Elvis Presley and his girlfriend Priscilla try LSD for the first, and last, time at his Graceland mansion.

1964 Trumpeter Hugh Masekela is a featured guest on CBS-TV's game show To Tell The Truth.

1963 German composer Paul Hindemith dies of pancreatitis at age 68.

1963 Teen idol Bobby Vee marries his first and only wife, Karen Bergen, in Orchard Lane, Michigan.

1963 The magazine The New Yorker publishes an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein in their "Talk Of The Town" column about the band's upcoming Ed Sullivan gig - the first major press the group has received in the US.

1962 Michel Petrucciani is born in Orange, France. Despite suffering from a genetic condition that stunts his growth and leaves him with brittle bones, he becomes a renowned jazz pianist.

1961 Jazz singer-songwriter Christine Collister is born on the Isle of Man in the UK.

1960 The Connie Francis movie Where The Boys Are is released. The movie - risqué for its time - is about four college girls on Spring Break, and it leads to a whole genre of Spring Break movies and popularizes Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where it was shot, as the destination of choice.

1959 Frankie Avalon's "Why" hits #1.

1950 Alex Chilton of The Box Tops and Big Star is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1948 Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste (drummer for The Meters) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1947 Dick Diamonde (bass guitarist for The Easybeats) is born Dingeman Adriaan Henry van der Sluijs in Hilversum, the Netherlands.

1946 Edgar Winter is born in Beaumont, Texas.

1944 Leonard Bernstein scores his first big hit when his musical On The Town, featuring the song "New York, New York" opens on Broadway.

1943 Chas Hodges of the duo Chas & Dave is born in North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton.

1937 French composer Maurice Ravel dies in Paris aged 62.

1932 Rockabilly singer Dorsey Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1921 Johnny Otis is born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes in Vallejo, California. A singer and songwriter in his own right, he also worked as a talent scout and discovered several artists, including Etta James and "Hound Dog" singer Big Mama Thornton.

1914 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (The Staple Singers) is born on a cotton plantation near Winona, Mississippi.

1910 Billy Williams is born Wilfred Williams in Waco, Texas. He has a hit cover of Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" in 1957.

1903 Jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines is born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

Florida Hosts The First Major East Coast Rock Festival

1968Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf and the Grateful Dead, land in Hallandale, Florida's Gulfstream Park to entertain 100,000 fans at Miami Pop Festival II, the East Coast's first major rock festival.

Featured Events

2015 Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister dies of cancer. He got the diagnosis two days after turning 70, and died two days later.

2009 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (drummer and co-lead vocalist for Avenged Sevenfold) dies from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol at age 28. The coroner also notes cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart) which may have contributed to his death.

2003 Out on bail and awaiting trial on charges he molested a teenage boy, Michael Jackson proclaims his innocence on 60 Minutes, telling Ed Bradley, "I was outraged. I could never do something like that."

1993 Shania Twain and superproducer Mutt Lange get married. In 2001, they have a son named Eja, but divorce in 2010 after Lange takes up with Twain's best friend.

1983 Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys dies after diving into very cold water from a boat slip in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles.

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