June 28th: On this day
1959, Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dream Lover’. The American singers first UK No.1 which featured Neil Sedaka on piano also reached No.2 on the US chart.
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, The Paul McCartney single ‘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.
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 hit ‘Every Breath You Take’.
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 Pink Floyd album The 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.
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.
2013, Coldplay’s 2011 headline appearance on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage was voted the top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners. Radiohead and Blur’s 2009 Pyramid Stage appearances polled second and third respectively, with Bruce Springsteen’s performance of Thunder Road in 2009 coming fourth.
2016, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s longtime guitarist died at his home in Nashville, aged 84. Moore had been in poor health in recent months. He formed the Starlite Wrangers with bassist Bill Black and in 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they recorded Presley’s first single, ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’ The recording session was only meant to be an audition; instead, the trio made music history.
June 28th: Born on this day
1943, Born on this day, Bobby Harrison, drums, Procol Harum, who had the 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’.
1945, Born on this day, David Knights, bassist, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’. He played on Procol Harum’s first three albums.
1954, Born on this day, Steven J. Morse, guitarist, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple since 1994.
1959, Born on this day, Clint Boon, keyboards, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’). The Clint Boon Experience.
1963, Born on this day, Andy Couson, bass, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single ‘Martha’s Harbour’). The Mission, The Lucy Nation.
1963, Born on this day, Charles Clouser, keyboards, drums, and engineer. Once a member of Nine Inch Nails (1994-2000) Worked with Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke and Type O Negative.
1965, Born on this day, Saul Davis, guitar, violin, James, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Sit Down’).