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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

1985 Colbie Caillat is born in Malibu, California.

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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Depeche Mode Lead Singer Nearly Dies Of Overdose


Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode takes a nasty speedball (cocaine and heroin) and goes into cardiac arrest. Medics manage to kickstart his heart, saving his life.

A voracious addict, Gahan has been in an out of rehab many times. He is coming off a short stint of sobriety, making him more vulnerable when he goes on this binge at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles just three days after Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell died of a drug overdose in San Francisco. He wakes up handcuffed to a police officer, who arrests him on drug charges. Gahan does two nights in jail, but will have to do many more if he fails the twice-weekly drug tests ordered as part of his treatment program. This time, his rehab program finally takes. In between court appointments, he soberly records the successful album Ultra with his band, which is released in 1997. There is no tour to support it. "I was struggling just to sing," he says. "I couldn't stand up in front of a microphone for longer than 10 minutes."



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