Music History: September 28th:
2016 Lily Allen's wish to have the man of her dreams throw her over his shoulder and carry her off comes true when she drinks herself into a stupor at the Notting Hill Carnival.More
2012 A judge orders an audit of R&B singer Chris Brown's community-service records. The community service is part of a sentence handed down on his domestic violence charge in his 2009 incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna. While Brown claims to be done with his service, the court thinks some fishy finagling of the numbers happened, showing discrepancies in Brown's claim of having served at Tappahannock Children's Center, cleaning stables at the Richmond Police Department, and inventorying smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Kind of a menial place for a celebrity, no?
2010 Bad Religion release their 15th full-length studio album, The Dissent of Man.
2007 It's the day of the 9th Annual "Standin' on the corner festival" in Winslow, Arizona, inspired by the lyrics to "Take It Easy."
2006 The Grascals claim the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 17th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
2004 An editorial titled "Something Bad Has Begun" by the former Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, is published in the Los Angeles Times.More
2004 A Beverly Hills tribute concert in honor of Ray Charles, featuring Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, and Patti Austin, raises $15 million for Atlanta's African-American institution, Morehouse College.
2001 Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel perform at an American Red Cross benefit concert at Montreal's Molson Centre for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.
2000 Ballet For Life, a ballet tribute to late Queen singer and AIDS casualty Freddie Mercury, premieres at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.
1999 Jean-Michel Jarre announces during a press conference at the Cairo Opera House that he has been commissioned by the Egyptian government to create and perform "The Twelve Dreams Of The Sun," a three-act "electronic opera" to mark the millennium night in the Egyptian desert.
1997 The DVD-Audio format is introduced at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) conference.
1995 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in a gun battle that kills his sister's fiance and riddles Brown's car with bullets in Boston's Roxbury section.
1994 Uwe Vandrei, an obsessed fan of Sarah McLachlan who inspired her song "Possession," commits suicide in Ottawa. Vandrei had sued McLachlan for songwriting credit on the track, but the case had yet to reach trial.
1987 Hilary Duff is born in Houston, Texas.
1987 Gladys Night and Smokey Robinson appear on the game show $100,000 Pyramid.
1987 The British newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has had the larynxes removed from his guard dogs so they can't bark, which is untrue. Elton sues the paper and reaches a settlement for about a million pounds and a front page apology.
1983 Season 2 of the sitcom Family Ties premieres on NBC, with its theme song, "Without Us," now being performed by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams.
1976 George Harrison, ill with hepatitis, is sued by his American label, A&M, for failing to deliver his latest album, 33 1/3, on time.
1974 Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently" hits #1 in America.
1974 Bad Company's self-titled album hits #1 in America.
1973 The Rolling Stones appear on the premiere of Don Kirshner's Rock Concerton ABC, performing "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll." It's their first appearance on US television in six years.
1972 David Bowie has generated so much publicity with his Ziggy Stardust concerts that he sells out a show in Carnegie Hall.
1968 Dewey Phillips, the Memphis DJ who was the first to play an Elvis Presley record on the radio, dies of heart failure at age 42.
1968 Questioning the band's commitment, Janis Joplin announces (through her manager, Albert Grossman) that she will be leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company. Her new group, The Kozmic Blues Band, doesn't last long, and she eventually records as a solo artist.
1967 English musician Rory Storm (of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes) dies of a chest infection at age 34.
1967 Frank Zappa and wife Gail have their first child, daughter Moon Unit Zappa. Thus begins a tradition of oddball names for the Zappa children.
1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips release "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."
1964 Songwriter Nacio Herb Brown dies in San Francisco, California, at age 68. He wrote the music for "Singin' in the Rain," with lyrics by Arthur Freed.
1964 Connie Stevens premieres her first television sitcom, Wendy And Me, on ABC, featuring George Burns as her landlord. It lasts one season.
1963 Murray The K becomes the first American DJ to play a Beatles song on the air when he spins their UK hit "She Loves You" on WINS in New York. Murray gets exclusive interviews with the group when they come to America and refers to himself as "The Fifth Beatle."
Garth Brooks #1 As Country Goes Mainstream
Thanks to a proliferation of "New Country" radio stations and more accurate reporting, country music goes mainstream as Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Windbecomes the first country album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2000 Barbra Streisand closes out her Timeless tour with a show at Madison Square Garden. It's billed as her last tour, but she returns to the road six years later.
1991 Jazz legend Miles Davis dies of pneumonia, respiratory failure and stroke at age 65.
1989 Jimmy Buffett publishes his first book, a collection of short stories called Tales From Margaritaville that blends truth with confabulation.
1972 The Temptations release "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." The single is cut to 6:58 because there's not enough vinyl on a 45 to handle the 11:46 album version.
1968 The Beatles' "Hey Jude" (backed with "Revolution") hits #1 in America. It holds the top spot for nine weeks, the longest of any Beatles single.