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

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
  • 1968 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances
  • 1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1970 "Words & Music" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1971 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

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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

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

Singer James Brown
Singer
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

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
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
Singer-Songwriter
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

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1990 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
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 (joins A Chorus Line & Oh! Calcutta!)
  • 1995 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)
  • 1917 Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
  • 1917 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
  • 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, composer
  • 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, Bethnal Green London, rock vocalist
  • 1947 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer and harmonicaist (Medicine Head), born in Brecon, Powys, Wales
  • 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
  • 1954 George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
  • 1958 Med Lucart, rock musician (Wall of Voodoo)
  • 1959 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • 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, rocker (Valley Girl), Frank's daughter
  • 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, country singer (Maybe, Rainy Days)
  • 1977 Young Jeezy, American Rapper
  • 1978 Bushido, German rapper
  • 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/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff
  • 1988 Esmée Denters, Dutch singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Music

  • 1649 Ottavio Vernizzi, 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, composer, dies at 60
  • 1903 Jesus Monasterio, composer, dies at 67
  • 1914 Stevan Mokranjac, composer, dies at 58
  • 1922 Andrejs Jurjans, composer, dies at 65
  • 1938 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • 1939 Felicjan Szopski, composer, dies at 74
  • 1947 Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58
  • 1952 Paul Hastings Allen, composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, composer, dies at 67
  • 1959 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • 1964 George Dyson, composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies
  • 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
  • 2010 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2015 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76