June 28th: On this day
1959, Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dream Lover’. It was the American singers first No.1 and the song featured Neil Sedaka on piano.
1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost 7s & 6d, ($1.05).
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album.
1968, Pink Floyd released their second album A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. The album sleeve was designed by Hipgnosis, a new company formed by the band’s friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, who were paid £110 for their efforts.
1969, Henry Mancini started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet’. The film’s love theme was used as the backing for “Our Tune” by DJ Simon Bates on his BBC Radio 1 show.
1969, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, with DJ John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. The festival proved very popular, selling out all 30,000 tickets in the first week, surprising both the townsfolk and the promoters. The only major problem occurred when the Nice’s use of bagpipers caused the stage to collapse.
1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album ‘One Of These Nights’. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, (which won a Grammy), ‘Take It To The Limit’ and the title track.
1975, Wings went to No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth album ‘Venus And Mars’. The follow up to Band On The Run featured the US No.1 single ‘Listen What The Man Said’.
1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley’s last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose aged 28.
1977, Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1980, Paul McCartney’s ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.
1985, Sister Sledge were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Frankie’, the sisters only UK No.1. Nile Rodgers from Chic produced the hit for the soul trio from Philadelphia.
1986, Wham! were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK No.1 ‘The Edge Of Heaven’. Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London.
1996, Burt Bacharach appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of ‘This Guy’s In Love With You.’
1997, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’. Released in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The song sampled the melody of The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ 1983 hit.
1997, Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘OK Computer’. The British groups first self-produced album later appeared in many critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year and also won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
1997, The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.
1997, Bob Seger crashed in his BMW on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. The singer later appeared in court charged with dangerous driving.
2005, 2 Pac feat Elton John was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Ghetto Gospel. Written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song ‘Indian Sunset’ from his 1971 album Madman Across the Water.
2007, Benno Goldewijk, from Holland, and Spaniard Alfredo Pecina Matias were killed and two other men were injured during an accident dismantling the stage after a Rolling Stones concert in Madrid. Three of the workers fell 10m (33ft) from a metal structure and landed on a fourth. The Stones were currently on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour.
2007, The Spice Girls confirmed they would reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up who had not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998. The 11 dates announced included a London show on 15 December, eight days after the first date in Los Angeles. Other dates included Cologne, Madrid Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Cape Town. The tour was being put together by Simon Fuller, whose 19 company masterminded the group’s global success more than a decade ago.
2009, Three days after his death Michael Jackson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Number Ones’. The Essential Michael Jackson went to No.1 the following week for seven weeks.
2012, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested before the band’s scheduled show at Prague’s Hard Rock Cage and charged with manslaughter. The incident from which Blythe was charged reportedly took place in 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton, in Prague. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage where a tussle ensued in which the fan was injured. The fan later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.
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