January 28 in music history
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On This Day, January 28 In Music History


On this day, January 28 in 1956 -- Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national TV. He performed ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘I Got a Woman’ on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.

1965 -- The Who also made their debut TV appearance on this day in music history. They were promoting their freshly released single ‘I Can’t Explain’ which peaked at No.8 in the UK the following month.

1968 -- The Doors‘ frontman Jim Morrison was arrested at a theater in Las Vegas for drunkenly harassing a security guard.

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1978  – Hard rock band Van Halen released their debut single ‘You Really Got Me’ on this day, January 28. This is a cover song originally performed by The Kinks and written by Ray Davies.

1978  – With their eleventh studio album ‘Rumours’Fletwood Mac topped the UK singles chart. It also became a chart-topper on multiple music charts worldwide, including the US Billboard 200. The album sold more than 10 million copies within a month of its release, and as of 2020, that number has surpassed 40 million sales.

1983  – English musician Ronald Wycherley also known as Billy Fury died on this day, January 28, aged 42 from a heart attack.

1984 -- Frankie Goes To Hollywood had the number one hit in the UK with their debut single ‘Relax’. It also became a chart-topper on eight other music charts in the following months, while in the US it peaked at No.10.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Official Video)

1985  – The supergroup USA for Africa released the charity single ‘We Are the World’. The song topped over 20 music charts worldwide and won numerous awards, but most importantly it raised over $150 millions (inflation-adjusted to 2022) to battle famine in Africa.

1995 – With ‘Creep’, girl group TLC scored their first number one single in the US on this day, January 28 in music history.

2005  – Singer-songwriter and drummer Jim Capaldi died on this day at the age of 60 from stomach cancer. Best known as the co-founder of the rock band Traffic with whom he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

2009  – American musician William “Billy” Powell died on this day, January 28, aged 56. Best known as the longtime keyboardist for the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

2017  – English musician Geoffrey Nicholls died on this day at the age of 72. Best known as the longtime keyboardist for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.


1927  – Jazz tenor saxophonist Ronald Schatt also known as Ronnie Scott was born in London, England. Besides his rich musical career, he’s also remembered for co-founding the popular Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

1929  – British clarinetist and vocalist Bernard Bilk also known by his stage name as Acker Bilk was born in Pensford, England. Best remembered for the biggest-selling single of 1962 ‘Stranger on the Shore’ which topped the US singles chart and peaked at No.2 in the UK.

1943  – English musician Richard “Dick” Taylor was born on this day, January 28 in music history. Best known as the founding member and guitarist for the rock band The Pretty Things.

1943  – American musician Brian Keenan was born on this day in New York. Best known for his work as a drummer for The Chambers Brothers.

1945  – English musician Robert Wyatt was born on this day, January 28 in Bristol. Best known as a founding member and drummer of the rock bands Matching Mole and Soft Machine.

1949  – American singer-songwriter and record producer Gene McFadden was born in Olanta, South Carolina. Best known as one half of the R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead.

1968  – Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has won two Grammy Awards and has sold over 40 million records worldwide.

1968  – Disc jockey and record producer Lawrence Muggerud also known as DJ Muggs was born in Queens, New York. He rose to fame as member of the hip hop group Cypress Hill.

1968  – Influential rapper and record producer William Griffin also known professionally as Rakim was born on this day, January 28 in music history.

1980  – Founding member of the vocal group Backstreet Boys -- Nickolas “Nick” Carter was born in Jamestown, New York.

1985  – American rapper Jermaine “J.” Cole was born on this day, January 28 in Frankfurt, Germany. He has topped the US Billboard 200 chart five times, so far.

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