Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1958. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, the Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
Barbara Streisand’s first television special, ‘My Name Is Barbara’ aired on CBS in 1965.
The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City in 1968. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ went to No.1 in the US in 1973. The album went on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 discontinuous weeks on the Billboard music chart, and has sold over 45 million copies world-wide. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks there, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined music charts by May 2006.
John Lennon appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1975. That same night, Ringo Starr appeared on the NBC television show Smothers Brothers Show.
The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee in 1982, heard testimony for “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven” was played backwards, it contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”
During the second leg of their ‘War”’ North American tour in 1983, U2 appeared at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink, in Rochester, New York.
Ray Charles appeared before Congress to urge more funding for hearing research in 1987. Ray Charles stated “My eyes are my handicap, but my ears ae my opportunity.”
In 1987, music by Tony Bennett, ‘The Art Of Excellence’ becomes the first music album to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.
Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses married Erin Everly in 1991. Erin is the daughter of Don of The Everly Brothers. They married at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January of 1991 after a stormy nine months of marriage.
Sinead O’Connor started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1990 with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’.
In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Rascal Flatts made their debut at The Grand Ole Opry in 2000.
A fire in 2000, destroyed the James Brown Enterprises, (the office that coordinates the superstar’s tours). Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested and charged with arson.
ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus was accused in 2006 of avoiding paying taxes to the Swedish government on the band’s hit songs and musicals. The Swedish government was demanding he repay the money. ABBA sold over 370 million records and he also co-wrote the musical Mamma Mia.
Carrie Underwood’s debut album in 2006, ‘Some Hearts’ goes triple-platinum.
Amelle Berrabah of the group Sugababes was arrested in 2007 and spent the night in a holding cell over allegations she assaulted an 18-year old woman in a bar. Police later confirmed a 23-year old female was arrested following an “incident.”
In 2008, Scott Weiland, singer for The Stone Temple Pilots, was sentenced to 192 hours in county jail for his November 2007 drunk driving offense. He was also fined $2,000 and required to complete an 18-month alcohol program and was placed on probation for four years.
Jason Aldean in 2009, earns a gold music single for ‘She’s Country’.
A TV commercial in 2009 was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. The commercial featured Iggy Pop and in the advertisement, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time the ad had been shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr. Pop would continue to endorse the company.
Scorpions drummer James Kottak was sentenced in 2014 to one month in jail in a Dubai jail for offensive behavior after an incident at Dubai airport on April 3, 2014. Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol.
In 2014, Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appeared in court after being arrested over a domestic dispute. The arrest came after a caller from the singer’s home called 911 and then hung up. Simon told the Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home and they were now fine.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, April 28th are:
1941 – Ann Margaret – US singer and actress.
1945 – John Wolters – drummer for Dr. Hook.
1953 – Kim Gordon – bassist, artist, recording producer, video director and actress.
1955 – Eddie Hobson – violin for Curved Air and Roxy Music.
1968 – Daisy Berkowitz – with Marilyn Manson.
1968 – Howard Donald – Take That.
1969 – Mica Paris – singer.
1973 – Bigg Gipp (Cameron Gipp) – US rapper.