Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 28






1960 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Barry White leaves prison after serving three months for stealing 300 car tires.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Joe Dowell has Billboard's top tune with a cover version of an Elvis Presley album cut, "Wooden Heart". Session musicians included Floyd Cramer on piano, The Anita Kerr Singers, The Jordanaires and Ray Stevens on organ.

August 28
Tamla Records releases The Marvelettes' first single, "Please Mr. Postman". The song will sell over a million copies and become the group's biggest hit, reaching the top of both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
The Rolling Stones announce that Allen Klein, who they met three days ago, will co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham. At the same time, they sign a five year recording deal with Decca Records.

August 28
Billy Joe Royal enjoys his biggest Pop hit when "Down In The Boondocks" peaks at #9 on the Hot 100. He would reach the Top 40 three more times with "I Knew You When", "I've Got To Be Somebody" and "Cherry Hill Park" before finding success on the Country charts in the 1980s. Although his name sounds like a show biz moniker, he really was born Billy Joe Royal to Clarence Royal and Mary Sue Smith.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
The Grateful Dead and Big Brother And The Holding Company play at the wake of a Hell's Angels member who was struck by a car in San Francisco.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
The Doors are awarded a Gold record for "Hello, I Love You", which had reached #15 in the UK and #1 in the US.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Paul and Linda McCartney become parents to a daughter they name Mary, after Paul's mother.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Canada's Five Man Electrical Band saw their hit single "Signs" peak at #3 on the US Pop chart. It would go on to sell over a million copies and be awarded a Gold Record by the R.I.A.A. A string of other hits followed: "Absolutely Right", "Money Back Guarantee", "Moonshine", "Werewolf", and "I'm A Stranger Here", but none could match the band's earlier success.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Deep Purple received a Gold record for "Smoke On the Water", which hit #5 in the US on its way to selling over two million copies. It was the band's biggest success since "Hush", which also reached #5 in 1968.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
A 'live' version of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaks at #12 on the US Pop singles chart.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
The Jacksons' Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales as they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Tina Turner is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

August 28
Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Neil Young perform in a show that's billed as, Get Tough On Toxics, in Long Beach, California. The show also featured all of The Eagles except Glenn Frey, who was in the hospital with an intestinal disorder.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Billy Joel had the number 1 album in the US when "River of Dreams" reached the top on the strength of the title track and "All About Soul". The L.P. would go on to sell over 4 million copies in America, but the album cover, which was painted by Billy's then wife Christie Brinkley, was bashed by critics, some calling it the worst album cover of the year. The couple would divorce a year later.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote Sam And Dave's classic "Soul Man", sends a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole stop using his song, which supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man."

2005 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to pot possession in upstate New York, was charged again after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
The Website Celebritynetworth.com named Ringo Starr as the world's richest drummer, with an estimated fortune of $300 million. Phil Collins was ranked second with $250 million, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was third with $225 million, The Eagles' Don Henley came in forth with $200 million and Metallica's Lars Ulrich rounded out the top five with $175 million. Also making the top ten were U2 star Larry Mullen and The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
Glenn Cornick, the original bass player for Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 67. Cornick performed with Tull from its inception in late 1967 until 1970.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 28
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the ninth time. Earlier newspaper reports said that five letters recommending Chapman's release this year had been received by the board, but Lennon's widow Yoko Ono had written the three-man board opposing it. Chapman's next hearing was scheduled for 2018.






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