28 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1993 At a charity concert held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, Natalie Merchant plays her first gig after leaving 10,000 Maniacs.

1986 Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is born in London.

1986 The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, California, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young.

1984 The Egyptian poet Abdul Rahim Mansour dies.

1984 With over one million ticket sales in only two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, entitled Victory, becomes the most successful concert tour of all time.

1982 Country singer LeAnn Rimes is born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Mississippi.

1981 Guy Stevens (music producer/manager) dies of a prescription drug overdose in South London, England, at age 38. He produced The Clash's third album, London Calling.

1981 Country singer Jake Owen is born Joshua Ryan Owen in Winter Haven, Florida. Arriving with him is fraternal twin brother, Jarrod.

1971 John Denver's first hit, "Take Me Home Country Roads," peaks at #2 on the Hot 100.

1970 The third day of the Isle of Wight Festival includes performances from Procol Harum, Rory Gallagher's trio Taste and Chicago. Although appearing on the bill and in the programme, Mungo Jerry decide not to play when the show overruns to such an extent they would be playing in the early hours of the morning.

1969 Paul and Linda McCartney have their first child: a daughter named Mary, named after Paul's mother.

1967 In San Francisco, Grateful Dead, along with Janis Joplin's group Big Brother & the Holding Company, play the funeral of a Hell's Angel killed after being hit by a car.

1965 Bob Dylan plays "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.

1965 The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with Allen Klein.

1965 Mel Carter's signature tune "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" peaks at #8 on the Hot 100.

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Blood In The Streets Of The Town Of Chicago


At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, overzealous police in riot gear brutally beat protestors who are demonstrating against the Vietnam War. The Doors, Graham Nash and Chicago all write songs about it.

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