28 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1990 Rapper Soulja Boy is born DeAndre Cortez Way in Chicago, Illinois.

1989 Anne Murray opens the Anne Murray Centre, a multimedia museum of her career, in her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia.

1987 The Beatles, along with Yoko Ono, sue Nike for using "Revolution" in TV commercials. Nike authorized the song through the group's US label, Capitol, and Michael Jackson, who owns the publishing. Nike doesn't back down and continues running the ads, which anger many Beatles fans but sell a lot of sneakers. The suit is later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

1987 Ozzy Osbourne performs "Jailhouse Rock" at Wormwood Scrubs prison in London, England. He says it's his "last good memory of the '80s."More

1986 The WFIL Studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.

1985 It's "Kingsmen Day" in Portland, Oregon, in honor of their hometown heroes who made "Louie Louie" a garage rock classic.

1979 "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats, a song about a real-life school shooting in America, goes to #1 in the UK for the first of four weeks.

1976 Jacoby Shaddix (lead singer of Papa Roach) is born in Mariposa, California.

1973 Deep Purple release "Smoke On The Water" as a single in America. The song, considered an add-on to fill space on the album, first appeared in March 1972 on Machine Head. By this time, lead singer Ian Gillan has quit the band.

1973 Chicago's Chicago VI LP hits #1 for the first of five weeks in the US.

1971 George Harrison releases his song "Bangla Desh," which brings attention to the refugee crisis in that country. He performs it three days later at his Concert For Bangladesh, the first major rock fundraiser.

1970 The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger makes his acting debut in Ned Kelly, a film about the legendary Australian outlaw, which makes his debut in Kelly's own hometown of Glenrowan.

1968 The Beatles hold their "Mad Day Out," an all-day group photography session across London, which produces most of their well-known latter-day photographs, including the cover of Life and the inside gatefold of their Beatles 1967-1970 album.

1966 At the Boys Club in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, The Beach Boys perform "God Only Knows" for the first time. In September, it peaks at an underwhelming #39, but slowly swells in stature and is eventually recognized as one of the greatest pop songs ever made.

1963 Guitarist Shaunna Hall, best known for her contributions to 4 Non Blondes and George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, is born.

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Mary J. Blige Releases What's The 411?


Mary J. Blige releases her debut album, What's The 411?, produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. It takes the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart as well as #6 on the Billboard 200. Her unique blend of hip-hop and soul earns her the nickname "Queen of Hip Hop Soul."

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