Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 28






1957 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance on The Steve Allen Show, performing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On". After the program airs, sales of the record soar, pushing it to #3 on the Billboard pop chart and #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Dick Clark's Rock and Roll TV show, Where The Action Is premieres on ABC-TV. Guests include Jan And Dean, Dee Dee Sharp and newcomers Paul Revere And The Raiders, who steal the show with their stage antics and Revolutionary War costumes.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
The Rascals are awarded their third Gold record for the Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati composition, "A Beautiful Morning". The record rose to number 3 in the US.

June 28
Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine just as her L.P. "Aretha: Lady Soul" reaches #2 on the Billboard chart.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Henry Mancini's "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" led the Billboard Pop chart in the first of a two week stay.

June 28
Elvis Presley had the best selling single in America with the Mac Davis written "In The Ghetto". The track had been recorded at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, along with "Suspicious Minds", "Kentucky Rain", and "Don't Cry Daddy". The last time The King had topped the Cashbox chart was in December, 1962, with "Return To Sender".

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Helen Reddy's Summer replacement show debuts on NBC-TV.

June 28
One of the first British Invasion revival concerts was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show featured Gerry And The Pacemakers, Wayne Fontana, The Searchers and Herman's Hermits. The last time any of them were on the US record charts was in early 1968 when "I Can Take or Leave Your Loving" was a #22 hit for Herman's Hermits.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
David Bowie's "Fame" is released. It will become his first and only number one hit in the US and reach #17 in the UK.

June 28
The Eagles started a five-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with "One Of These Nights". The LP contained three Top 10 singles, "One Of These Nights", (#1) "Lyin' Eyes", (#2) and "Take It To The Limit" (#4).

1978 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Members of the group Kansas were named Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill by Unicef.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" becomes one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the robotic sounding, studio version found on the flip side.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Wham! drew a sell-out crowd of 75,000 to their farewell concert at Wembley Stadium in London. During their career, the duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley had sold more than 38 million records.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
A Los Angeles woman paid $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystal-studded glove that Michael Jackson wore on his 1984 Victory Tour. Julien's Auctions, which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, also sold a Jimi Hendrix Fender guitar for $180,000, Prince's "Purple Rain" handwritten lyrics, which sold for $66,000, and an Elvis Presley shirt worn in 1956 on The Milton Berle Show, which fetched $61,200.

June 28
Bill Aucoin, who, as KISS's manager, turned four young New York City kids into a Rock group that would sell more than 100 million albums, died from complications of prostate cancer at the age of 66. Aucoin not only got them their first recording contract, he ferociously marketed their merchandise which included makeup, a KISS comic book and even a pinball machine.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Chris Squire, bassist and co-founder of Yes, lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 67.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Scotty Moore, the guitarist who backed Elvis Presley both live and on his earliest recordings, passed away at the age of 84. It was Moore, along with bassist Bill Black, who recorded Presley's first hit records, including "That's All Right", "Blue Moon of Kentucky", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Hound Dog", and "Jailhouse Rock".

2017 - ClassicBands.com

June 28
Gary DeCarlo, the voice behind Steam's 1969 hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", died of lung cancer at the age of 75.






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