EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MAY 28
1957 – The Recording Academy was formally established on this day, May 28 in music history. Its also known as NARAS, abbreviation from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Famous for for its Grammy Awards which acknowledge the achievements of artists in the music industry.
1958 – Aged 21, Buddy Holly received his draft notice. However, stomach ulcer and poor eyesight kept him away from the army.
1963 – Elvis Presley recorded three songs on this day, May 28 in music history: ‘Slowly But Surely’, ‘Ask Me’ and ‘Blue River’.
1964 – Marianne Faithful recorded ‘As Tears Go By’, a song written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. It also featured Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on guitar and bass. By the end of the summer, the song climbed to #9 in the UK and #6 in the US. While in Canada it reached the number one spot on the singles chart.
1966 – With their sixth studio album ‘What Now My Love’, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Also a number one on the Australian albums chart.
1966 – With ”When A Man Loves A Woman’, Percy Sledge went to number on the US singles charts. While in the UK it did not manage to reach #1 but it still made the Top 5 at #4. Michael Bolton also topped the US charts with his version of the song in 1991.
1967 – Sunshine pop band The Association made their debut TV appearance on the variety show Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. They performed ‘Along Comes Mary’, their first hit which reached #7 on the US singles chart.
1973 – A month after topping the US album chart, Pink Floyd‘s record ‘The Dark Side of The Moon‘ was still charting in the US and the UK as well. But not surprising since the LP has charted for over 900 weeks (and counting) in the US since its release. An absolute chart record.
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1975 – The Doobie Brothers received a Gold record for their fifth studio album ‘Stampede’ on this day, May 28 in music history.
1976 – The Allman Brothers Band disbanded after Gregg Allman testified against the band’s road manager Scooter Herring who faced charges for drug trafficking. Which at the end resulted to 75 years in prison sentence for Scooter. The Allman Brothers however, reunited two years later in 1978 and toured until 2014.
1981 – Hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened for The Clash at Times Square in New York. However, the audience did not appreciate their act and booed the rappers offstage, even assaulted them. In 2007, the group became the first hip-hop act to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1983 – Irene Cara started a six week run at number one on the US singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’, song from the romantic drama movie ‘Flashdance’. Also a chart topping hit in eleven more countries around the globe. But not in the UK where it peaked at #2.
1983 – With ‘Candy Girl’, R&B band New Edition went to number one on the UK singles chart. It also topped the Irish singles chart and the US Billboard R&B chart few weeks later.
1988 – With ‘One More Try’, George Michael started a three week run at number one on the US singles chart. Also a chart topper in Canada and Ireland and a Top 10 hit in several other countries.
1996 – Depeche Mode‘s lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a cardiac arrest after overdosing on cocaine and heroin. But luckily the medics managed to arrive on time and save his life.
2007 – For the first time since 1986, The Police settled out their differences and kicked off a tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2008 – American guitarist and musician Jerry Cole died of a heart attack on this day, May 28 in music history, aged 68.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MAY 28 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1910 – American blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist T-Bone Walker was born on this day, May 28 in music history. He was a pioneer and innovator of electric and jump blues sound.
1917 – American blues, rock and jazz violinist Papa John Creach was born on this day in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
1931 – American rockabilly guitarist and singer Austin ‘Sonny’ Burgess was born on this day in Newport, Arkansas.
1943 – English songwriter, musician and record producer Tony Mansfield was born on this day, May 28 in music history.
1944 – Singer-songwriter, author and music historian Billy Vera was born in Riverside, California. Best known for his work as frontman of Billy Vera & the Beaters.
1944 – American singer Gladys Knight also known as the ‘Empress of Soul’ was born on this day, May 28 in music history. She won seven Grammy Awards and is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1945 – Musician and founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty was born in Berkeley, California.
1949 – Lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics, Wendy O. Williams was born on this day, May 28 in music history.
1959 – Welsh pop singer Stephen Harrington also known professionally as Steve Strange was born in Newbridge, Caerphilly. Best remembered as the frontman for Visage.
1962 – British singer and songwriter Roland Lee Gift was born on this day, May 28 in music history. Best known as the lead singer for Fine Young Cannibals.
1968 – Australian singer-songwriter and actress Kylie Minogue was born on this day, May 28 in Melbourne, Victoria.
1970 – Drummer for British rock band Skunk Anansie, Mark Richardson was born on this day in Leeds, England. He also played with Little Angels and Feeder.
1980 – Irish singer and songwriter Markus Feehily was born in Sligo. Best known as one lead singers for boy band Westlife.
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