On This Day

Events in Music on September 28

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

Film Premiere

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

Music History

1956 RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records

  • 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 Novelty song "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells, from Villas, New Jersey, peaks at #16
  • 1963 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • 1963 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts, a one-hit wonder from the Bronx, NYC, peaks at #2
  • 1963 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62
  • 1963 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1968 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Music History

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

  • 1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

Music History

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

  • 1970 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC
  • 1971 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music

Music Concert

1972 David Bowie sells out his 1st show at NYC's Carnegie Hall

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

  • 1974 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople

Music History

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

Album Release

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

Album Release

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

  • 1980 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Single

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

  • 1984 Krzysztof Penderecki's initial version of "A Polish Requiem" premieres with Mstislav Rostropovich leading the Stuttgart Radio Symphony

Music History

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

TV Show Appearance

1987 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on TV game show "The $10,000 Pyramid"

Music History

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

  • 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

Television Premiere

1992 UK morning TV show "The Big Breakfast" presented by Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin and Paula Yates, produced by Bob Geldof premieres

  • 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

Album Release

2018 Warner Bros. Records releases American singer Cher's 26th solo studio album "Dancing Queen"; album contains cover versions of 11 songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, and lands in top 10 of charts in 19 countries