On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 28

Events in Music

  • 1944 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 16 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1957 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • 1960 "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" by Connie Francis hits #1
  • 1961 "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • 1963 "Little Deuce Coupe" single by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
  • 1963 "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells peaks at #1
  • 1963 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • 1963 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts peaks at #2
  • 1963 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62
  • 1968 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1970 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC

  • 1971 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1974 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • 1974 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1974 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • 1974 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1974 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music releaseAlbum Release

1976 "Songs in the Key of Life" 18th studio album by Stevie Wonder is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Music releaseAlbum Release

1978 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1980 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1985 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
  • 1985 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
  • 1985 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
  • 1985 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • 1991 "Good Time" by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers peaks at #85
  • 1991 "Love Of A Lifetime" by Firehouse peaks at #5
  • 1992 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" closes at Paramount Theater NYC
  • 1994 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance, joining "A Chorus Line" and "Oh! Calcutta!" in the 5,000 club
  • 1995 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle

Birthdays in Music

  • 1571 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jublio), born in Creuzberg, Saxony (d. 1621) [birthdate approximate]
  • 1679 Mihael Omerza, Slovenian composer, born in Kamnik, Slovekia (d. 1742)
  • 1681 Johann Mattheson, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1764)
  • 1705 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1772)
  • 1748 Johann Michael Demmler, German composer, born in Hiltenfingen, Swabia, Germany (d. 1785)
  • 1813 Anton Wallerstein, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1881 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, born in Hüpassaare, Viljandi County (d. 1963)
  • 1889 D P "Dad" Carter, American gospel singer (Chuck Wagon Gang), born near Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1895 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian composer, born in Kyustendil (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, born in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2014)
  • 1917 Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
  • 1917 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
  • 1919 Countess Margaret Johnson, American jazz pianist, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 1939)
  • 1921 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • 1928 Naphtali Kupferberg, singer (Fugs)
  • 1928 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Lata Mangeshkar, Indian playback singer, born in Indore, British India
  • 1930 Tommy Collins [Leonard Sipes], country singer (Don't Growl)
  • 1931 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist
  • 1932 Víctor Jara, Chilean folk singer and activist (d. 1973)
  • 1937 Edward Applebaum, American classical music composer (The Princess In The Garden), born In Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer ("Stand by Me"), born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Tim Maia, Brazilian Singer (d. 1998)
  • 1943 Nick St Nicholas, rock bassist (Steppenwolf), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1946 Helen Shapiro, British pop and jazz vocalist ("You Don't Know"), born in Bethnal Green, London
  • 1947 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer and harmonicaist (Medicine Head), born in Brecon, Powys, Wales
  • 1948 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • 1950 Laurie Lewis, American musician
  • 1953 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1954 George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
  • 1958 Med Lucart, rock musician (Wall of Voodoo)
  • 1958 Norton Buffalo [Phillip Jackson], American singer-songwriter and country and blues harmonica player, born in Oakland, California (d. 2009)
  • 1959 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • 1959 Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • 1960 Jennifer Rush, singer/songwriter (Destiny, Ring of Ice)
  • 1962 Luis Enrique, spanish singer (Luces del Alma)
  • 1965 Ginger Fish, American drummer (Marilyn Manson)
  • 1967 Moon Unit Zappa, American actress and rock vocalist (Frank Zappa - "Valley Girl"), born in New York City
  • 1968 Bess Singh [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)
  • 1971 Joseph Arthur, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • 1975 Mandy Barnett, American country singer ("Maybe"; "The Whispering Wind"), born in Crossville, Tennesee
  • 1977 (Young) Jeezy [Jay Wayne Jenkins], American rapper and songwriter (Trap Or Die 3), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1978 Bushido [Anis Ferchichi], German rapper, born in Bonn, West Germany
  • 1981 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 1982 Nolwenn Leroy, French Singer
  • 1984 Melody Thornton, American singer and dancer

Person of interestHilary Duff

1987 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff
  • 1988 Esmée Denters, Dutch singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1922 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon

Deaths in Music

  • 1649 Ottavio Vernizzi, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1757 Andrea Zani, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • 1819 Karl Haack, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1852 Johann Friedrich Schwencke, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1903 Jesus Monasterio, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1914 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), dies at 58
  • 1922 Andrejs Jurjans, Latvia's first professional classical composer, dies at 65
  • 1931 Sylvain Dupuis, Belgian conductor, composer, and music educator (Le Chant de la Création), dies at 74
  • 1938 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • 1939 Felicjan Szopski, Polish composer, dies at 74
  • 1947 Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58
  • 1952 Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, dies at 67
  • 1958 Aare Merikanto, Finnish composer (Juha; Schott Concerto), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1959 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • 1964 George Dyson, English musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 1964 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), dies at 68
  • 1966 Lucky Millinder, American R&B bandleader and singer, dies at 56
  • 1972 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], Brirish rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 34
  • 1972 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1986 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • 1989 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), dies at 84

Person of interestMiles Davis

1991 Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1993 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1994 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer and musician (b. 1953)
  • 1996 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • 2006 Viktor Kalabis, Czech composer (Two Worlds), dies at 83
  • 2010 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2015 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • 2019 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • 2020 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), dies of cancer at 91