28 May

Pick a Day

28 MAY

In Music History

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2001 The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) announces their list of the 30 best Australian songs of the last 75 years. The top 3: 1) "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats 2) "Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool 3) "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil

2001 MTV's Total Request Live spawns a country spinoff on sister network CMT with Most Wanted Live. Broadcasting from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, hosts Lance Smith and Amber Moog present a crop of country clips ranked by fan voters.

2000 The White Stripes perform on TV for the first time, playing "Apple Blossom" and "You're Pretty Good Looking" on the Detroit Public Television series Backstage Pass.

2000 Suzi Gardner of L7 becomes the first woman casted by Cynthia Plaster Caster, who has worked on a number of rock stars, including Jimi Hendrix. For her female subjects, which later include Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Karen O of Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Cynthia molds their breasts.

1996 Jimmy Rowles, a jazz pianist who played with the likes of Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald, dies of cardiovascular disease at age 77.

1995 At the Roxy in Los Angeles, System Of A Down play their first concert, debuting songs like "Sugar" and "P.L.U.C.K." that show up on their first album three years later.

1993 The action comedy Super Mario Bros., a live adaptation of the popular Nintendo game starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, debuts in US theaters. The movie flops, but the soundtrack's lead single, "Almost Unreal" by Roxette, is a top 10 hit in the UK.

1988 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gets married for the second time when he ties the knot with Teresa Barrick, in her hometown of Tulsa. The union lasts 17 years.

1988 George Michael's "One More Try" tops the Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.

1985 Colbie Caillat is born in Malibu, California.

1985 English radio broadcaster Roy Plomley, known for the long-running BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs, dies of pleurisy at age 71.

1983 Irene Cara's passion makes it happen: "Flashdance... What a Feeling" goes to #1 in America.

1983 "Candy Girl" by New Edition goes to #1 in the UK, becoming the first song with a rap to top the chart in that territory.

1981 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the opening act for The Clash, who play the first of eight shows at Bond's in Times Square, New York (future home of Tower Records). The rappers are booed and assaulted with various projectiles as the crowd does not appreciate their act.

1980 Pop singer Mark Feehily (of Westlife) is born in Sligo, Ireland.

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John Fogerty Is Born

1945

John Fogerty is born, but not on the bayou; the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader claims Berkeley, California as his birthplace.

Fogerty's childhood is spent in nearby El Cerrito, and he considers himself a proud product of that city. Fogerty has success as a solo artist, but is best known as the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival from 1967-1972. With CCR, which includes his older brother Tom, Fogerty pens such radio staples as "Fortunate Son," "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary." These songs become true pieces of Americana, sewn deep into the national psyche. When CCR enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, six of their seven albums are platinum. Mardi Gras, the seventh and only album NOT to go platinum, is also known as "John Fogerty's Revenge," as it is the one where Fogerty ceded creative control to the other band members. Chronicle, Volume 1, a compilation of CCR's hits, sells an astounding 8 million copies. As a solo artist, Fogerty releases Centerfield in 1985 after a prolonged legal battle with the head of his former label. His first album in 10 years, it hits #1 in the US and gets Fogerty on MTV with the single "The Old Man Down the Road." Fogerty's distinct "swamp rock" style is an influence on countless artists. Songs like "Fortunate Son" and "Bad Moon Rising" are constant companions for both the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War and the protesters fighting against it. His personae never reaches the mythic heights of figures such as Bob Dylan, but Fogerty is regarded as a visionary songwriter, with neatly hewn and tightly composed tracks whose simplicity sometimes concealed their genius.

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