On This Day, September 28 in Music History

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY SEPTEMBER 28 IN MUSIC HISTORY

On this day September 28 in 1958 – Pop group The Teddy Bears released ‘To Know Him Is to Love Him’ which became a chart-topper in the US and a No.2 hit in the UK.

1961 – John Leyton went to number one on the UK Singles chart with the controversial teenage tragedy song ‘Johnny Remember Me’ which was banned by the BBC.

1964 – American songwriter and composer Nacio Herb Brown died on this day September 28 in music history, aged 68. Best remembered for writing the film scores for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Babes in Arms’.

1967 – The original version of ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ was released on this day September 28 by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

1968 – Rock band The Rascals topped the US Billboard 200 chart with their greatest hits compilation album ‘Time Peace’.

1968 – With their fourth studio album ‘Bookends’, the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel went to number one in the UK. Also a chart-topper in the US that year and a No.3 hit in Australia and France.

1968 – The Beatles hit No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Hey Jude’ for the first of nine consecutive weeks on this day September 28 in music history.

1968 – Pioneering rock and roll disk jockey Dewey Phillips died on this day at the age of 42 of heart failure.

1972 – English singer and songwriter Rory Storm died at the age of 34. Best remembered as the frontman of the Liverpudlian band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

1972 – The Temptations released their rendition of ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’ on this day September 28 which became a chart-topper in America.

1974 Andy Kim topped the US Singles chart with ‘Rock Me Gently’. The song was also a chart-topper in Canada while in the UK it peaked at No.2.

1974 – Rock supergroup Bad Company went to number one in the United States with their self-titled debut studio album on this day September 28.

1976 – Stevie Wonder released his eighteenth studio album ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ through Tamla Records. The album became a chart-topper in Canada, the Netherlands, France, and the US. It also earned him a Grammy Award for Album of the Year and became Stevie‘s best-selling album of his career.

1985 – Singer-songwriter Kate Bush started a two-week stint at number one on the UK Albums chart with ‘Hounds of Love’.

1991 – The number one album in the United Kingdom on this day September 28 was ‘Use Your Illusion II’ by Guns N’ Roses.

1991 – Country music singer-songwriter Garth Brooks scored his first number one album on the Billboard 200 with his third studio album ‘Ropin’ the Wind’.

1991 – Influential jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died on this day September 28 in music history, aged 65.

1996 – With their sixth studio album ‘Home Again’, R&B group New Edition went to No.1 in the US. It was the group’s only album to feature all six members at the time.

1996 – Psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker went to number one in the UK with their debut studio album ‘K’.

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2002 – American singer Pink went to number one in the United Kingdom with ‘Just Like a Pill’ on this day September 28.

2002 – With his sixth studio album ‘Illumination’, English singer-songwriter Paul Weller topped the UK Albums chart.

2009 – American DJ Adam Goldstein better known professionally as DJ AM died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 on this day September 28 in music history.

2013 – Miley Cyrus scored her first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Wrecking Ball’. The song features a controversial music video which increased its popularity.

2013 – The number one single in the UK on this day was ‘Talk Dirty’ by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz. The song was a worldwide hit and it topped the charts in six other countries as well.

2013 – Country and pop music singer-songwriter Keith Urban topped the US Billboard 200 with his eighth studio album ‘Fuse’ on this day September 28.

2015 – American R&B and rock and roll singer Frankie Ford died on this day September 28 at the age of 76. Best remembered for his 1959 hit single ‘Sea Cruise’.

2017 – With their ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’, the Foo Fighters were at No.1 in the UK. The album topped thirteen national album charts in total that year.

2021 – British pop singer and photographer Barry Ryan died on this day September 28, aged 72. Best remembered for his 1968 hit single ‘Eloise’.

BORN ON THIS DAY SEPTEMBER 28 IN MUSIC HISTORY

1930 – Country music singer and songwriter Leonard Raymond Sipes better known by his stage name Tommy Collins was born on this day in Bethany, Oklahoma.

1938 – American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and producer Ben E. King was born in Henderson, North Carolina on this day September 28 in music history. Best known for the hit single ‘Stand by Me’.

1946 – British pop and jazz singer Helen Shapiro was born in London, England. Best known for the hit singles ‘You Don’t Know’, ‘Don’t Treat Me Like a Child’, and ‘Walkin’ Back to Happiness’.

1948 – Bass guitarist, piano player and songwriter Danny Weis was born on this day September 28 in Huntington Park, California. He came to prominence as a founding member of the bands Iron Butterfly, and Rhinoceros.

1950 – English drummer Paul Burgess was born in Manchester. Best known for his work with bands such as Jethro Tull, 10cc, Magna Carta, and The Icicle Works.

1951 – Singer-songwriter Jim Diamond was born on this day September 28 in Glasgow, Scotland. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the band PhD before embarking on a solo career.

1952 – Founding member and drummer of the progressive rock band CamelAndrew “Andy” Ward was born in Epsom, England.

1953 – Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Kenneth “Keni” Burke was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day September 28 in music history.

1954 – American guitarist and songwriter George Lynch was born on this day in Spokane, Washington. Best known as a member of the heavy metal band Dokken.

1960 – Singer and songwriter Jennifer Rush was born Heidi Stern in Queens, New York. Best known for her 1984 hit single ‘The Power of Love’.

1962 – Founding member and lead singer of the alternative band The FarmPeter Hooton was born on this day September 28 in Liverpool, England.

1977 – American rapper Jay Wayne Jenkins also known professionally as Jeezy was born on this day in Columbia, South Carolina.

1982 – Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anne Erin Clark better known by her stage name St. Vincent was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1984 – American singer Melody Thornton was born in Los Angeles, California on this day September 28 in music history. Best known as a member of the pop group Pussycat Dolls.

1987 – American singer and actress Hilary Duff was born on this day September 28 in Houston, Texas.

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