Friday, April 28, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1928 "Ol' Man River" by Paul Robeson is #1 on the charts.

In 1940 Glenn Miller and his orchestra record "Pennsylvania 6-5000."

In 1946 "Prisoner Of Love" by Perry Como is #1 on the charts.

In 1956 "Standing On The Corner" by Four Lads enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1957 Bill Halley & the Comets appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1958 "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1958 "Witch Doctor" by David Seville hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1962 "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" by Gene Pitney enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1963 Andrew Oldham sees the Rolling Stones perform for the first time at London's Crawdaddy Club. He becomes their manager the next day.

In 1965 Barbra Striesand stars in "My Name is Barbra," a special on CBS-TV.

In 1967 Mama Cass Elliot gives birth to daughter Owen Vanessa.

In 1967 "This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis & the Playboys is certified gold.

In 1968 The musical "Hair" shifts to Broadway for the first of 1729 consecutive performances.

In 1975 Ringo Starr performs the "No No Song" with Dick & Tom Smothers on CBS-TV's "Smothers Brothers Show."

In 1975 John Lennon appears on the "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."

In 1978 Journey hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Rita Coolidge and Al Jarreau.

In 1979 "Dance The Night Away" by Van Halen, "Chuck E's In Love" by Rickie Lee Jones and "I Want You To Want Me" by Cheap Trick all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1979 "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1980 Marshall Tucker bassist Tommy Caldwell, 30, dies of head injuries following a car accident near his hometown of Spartanburg, SC.

In 1986 Bruce Hornsby & The Range's album "The Way It Is" is released.

In 1987 Ozzy Osbourne serenades a planeload of college kids with "Crazy Plane" over the aircraft's P.A. system.

In 1987 Ray Charles testifies on Capitol Hill on behalf of increased funding for hearing research. He told lawmakers, "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."

In 1987 Sweden told Frank Sinatra he would have to pay a special tax on his upcoming show because he'd performed in South Africa in violation of the artistic boycott of the country.

In 1987 Rolling Stone member Bill Wyman launches AIMS to provide young musicians with affordable time in recording studios.

In 1987 "The Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett is released on Compact Disc, the first CD to be released before its vinyl counterpart.

In 1989 John Lennon's Mercedes Benz limo, which once was used by the Supremes, sells for $284,000 at a London auction.

In 1991 Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O'Keefe.

In 1993 Prince announces he was retiring from studio recording to concentrate on theater, film and nightclubs. Shortly after, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

In 1994 Lisa Marie Presley divorces her musician husband, Danny Keough, after five-and-a-half years of marriage and two children. Presley marries Michael Jackson the following month.

In 1994 Elton John's single "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is released.

In 1995 The film "Friday" co-starring Ice Cube opens nationally.

In 1995 Dr. John, Los Lobos, and Peter Paul & Mary are among the headliners at the 26th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In 1995 Bob Seger's album "Greatest Hits" is certified double platinum, while Tom Petty's "Greatest Hits" CD goes quadruple platinum.

In 1997 Bruce Springsteen's album "Greatest Hits" goes double platinum.

In 1998 Dave Matthews Band's CD "Before These Crowded Streets" is released.

In 1998 "Everybody" by Backstreet Boys is certified gold.

In 1999 Members of R.E.M. appear on Fox TV's "Party Of Five."

In 1999 Jennifer Lopez's single "If You Had My Love" is released.

In 1999 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2000 Sting, Dr. John, the Allman Brothers Band, the Neville Brothers, the Staple Singers and the Radiators headline the 31st annul New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In 2000 A arsonist's fire damages James Brown's office in Augusta, GA.

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