Events that happened on this day, December 28
1937 – French composer Maurice Ravel died on this day, December 28 at the age of 62.
1959 – With ‘Why’, Frankie Avalon hit number one on the US singles chart.
1961 – While The Tokens were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, in UK it was Danny Williams who held that position with ‘Moon River’.
1968 – The Doors released ‘Touch Me’, a song from their fourth album ‘The Soft Parade’. Also the song managed to reach No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 on the Canadian singles chart. However, it didn’t chart in the UK at all.
1968 – The Beatles topped the US album chart with the ‘The Beatles’, also known as ‘The White Album’.
1968 – Pink Floyd replaced The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the two day festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. Jeff Back, Jethro Tull and many others also performed on the festival.
1970 – John Lennon released ‘Mother’.
1971 – With ‘My Sweet Lord‘, George Harrison was at number one on the US singles chart. Also making him the first Beatle to score a #1 US hit. In addition, the song was intended for Billy Preston.
1972 – While on his Ziggy Stardust tour, David Bowie appeared in Manchester, England.
1974 – Helen Reddy topped the US singles chart with ‘Angie Baby’. A song that Cher turned down earlier that year.
Helen Reddy – Angie Baby
1975 – At a Ted Nuggent concert in Washington, a fan tried to assassinate the singer. But security and fans managed to tackle the assassin and strip off his weapon.
1976 – Due to complications from stomach ulcers, bluesman Freddie King died at the age of 42.
1978 – The Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls was voted album of the year by the Rolling Stone magazine.
1982 – Cliff Burton joined Metallica on this day, December 28.
1983 – The Beach Boys‘ Dennis Wilson drowned after diving into the very cold Pacific in Marina Del Rey, California.
1991 – Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared at Del Mar O’brien Pavilion, San Diego, California.
1996 – The Spice Girls became the first female group to have their first three singles at No.1 on the UK singles chart.
2002 – Cambodia deported Gary Glitter back to the UK to face a conviction in London because of child pornography possession. He also attempted rape in 2006 and 2015.
2002 – Meri Wilson died in a car crash at the age of 53.
2003 – 50 Cent‘s debut album ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was named the bestselling album in the US.
2005 – Listeners of the British radio station Planet Rock, voted Pink Floyd as the greatest rock stars. While Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones were voted second and third.
2009 – Because of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan died at the age of 28.
2015 – Only four days after celebrating his 70th birthday, Motörhead‘s frotnman and founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away due to extremely aggressive cancer.
Born on this day, December 28 in music history
1914 – Born on this day, December 28 – Roebuck ‘Pop’ Staples, american gospel and R&B musician.
1921 – Born on this day, December 28 – Johnny Otis, american musician.
1936 – American R&B and jazz singer, Young Jessie was born on this day in Dallas, Texas.
1943 – Chas Hodges (of the Chas & Dave duo) was born on this day in Edmonton, England.
1946 – American musician Edgar Winter was born on this day, December 28 in Beaumont, Texas.
1947 – Dick Diamonde, founding member of the 60s rock group The Easybeats was born on this day in music history.
1950 – Alex Chilton was born on this day, December 28 in music history.
1953 – Born on this day – Richard Clayderman, French pianist who sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
1961 – Jazz, blues and folk singer Christine Collister was born on this day, December 28 on the Isle of Man.
1978 – John Legend was born on this day, December 28 in Springfield, Ohio.