Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician and pianist who is often known by his nickname of The Killer and is often viewed as “rock and roll’s first great wild man.” He made his television debut in 1957 on “The Steve Allen Show”, kicking his piano stool across the stage during “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On”.
The Beatles hold their “Mad Day Out” in 1968, an all-day group photography session across London. The day produced most of their well-known latter-day photographs, including the cover of Life and the inside gatefold of their Beatles 1967-1970 album.
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger made his acting career debut in the 1970 film Ned Kelly. The movie was about the legendary Australian outlaw, his brother Dan, and two other men Steve Hart and Joe Byrne who formed a gang of Irish Australians in response to Irish and English tensions that arose in the 19th century.
Charlie Pride records “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” at Nashville’s RCA Studios in 1971. The song was written by Ben Peters. The song was released in October of 1971 as the first music single from the album “Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs”. It was also the first single to reach the pop charts peaking at No.21 and went into the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts. Billboard ranked it as the No.74 song for 1972.
The Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” LP is certified gold in 1976. The album is the ninth studio album by the American rock group. The album was released by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe.
Warner/Curb releases The Bellamy Brothers’ “Greatest Hits” in 1982. The brothers, David Milton Bellamy and Homer Howard Bellamy had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with their music single “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976 which became a No.1 music single on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Beatles’ company, Apple, sued Nike, Capitol Records, EMI and Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency in 1987 for $15 million for the unauthorized use of the Beatle’s song “Revolution” on a Nike television ad. Nike claimed it had paid their US label, Capitol, $250,000 for the rights, and also that Yoko Ono had given her blessing. The suit was settled out of court.
The Dixie Chicks’ bridal video for “Ready To Run” debuted on CMT in 1999. It was co-written by the group’s fiddler Martie Seidel and Marcus Hummon and was the lead-off single to the band’s album Fly. The song was their sixth entry on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and reached No.2. The song was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Country music star Chris Cagle flew over Cheyenne, Wyoming, in an F-16 fighter jet with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in 2004. Chris was first known for writing songs for David Kersh before signing with Virgin Records in Nashville in 2000. Chris Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with the single “My Love Goes On and On”.
Rascal Flatts “Fast Cars and Freedom” video premiered on CMT in 2005. The song was originally released in March 2005 as the third single from their album “Feels Like Today”. The song was the group’s fourth No.1 music single on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Miranda Lambert perform their first full-length concert together in 2008 at the Monroe Country Fair in Monroe, Michigan. The date includes on “Feelins’” “Home” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people who brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, July 28th are:
1901 – Rudy Vallée – American singer, actor, bandleader and entertainer. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.
1915 – Frankie Yankovic – a Grammy Award-winning polka musician. Known as “America’s Polka King” Yankovic was considered the premier artist to play in the Slovenina style during his long career.
1937 – Peter Duchin – an American pianist and band leader. His music was heard on MOR radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s from albums and singles released on the Decca, Bell and Capitol labels. His music single “Star Dust” reached No.143 in the Cashbox 1964 survey.
1938 – George Cummings – American guitarist and songwriter most known for his work with the band Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. George Cummings invited members of his old band “Chocolate Papers” to join him with the new band Dr. Hook. This move proved to be of great success. Dr. Hook had numerous hits with “Sylvia’s Mother”, “The Cover of Rolling Stone”, “A Little Bit More”. “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”, “Sexy Eyes” and “Sharing The Night Together”.
1938 – Buddy Spicher – an American country music fiddle player. He is a Grammy nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year by CMA in 1983 and 1985. He played on George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”, Dolly Parton’s “Coat Of Many Colors” and Waylon Jennings “Dreaming My Dreams With You” among others.
1943 – Mike Bloomfield – American musician, guitarist and composer who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess since he rarely sang before the 1970s.
1945 – Rick Wright – English musician, composer, singer and songwriter who is best known for his career with Pink Floyd. A multi-instrumentalist, Wright’s richly textured keyboards was a vital ingredient and distinctive characteristic sound of Pink Floyd’s sound. Their album “Dark Side Of The Moon” spent a record 741 weeks on the US music chart in 1973.
1946 – Jonathan Edwards – American singer-songwriter and musician who is best known for his 1971 hit music single “Sunshine”. The single reached No.4 on the Billboard charts and earned a gold record.
1949 – Simon Kirke – English rock drummer best known as a member of Free and Bad Company. As a teenager The Beatles perked Simon’s interest in music. He chose the drums and played along with songs on the radio. When he graduated high school, Kirke made a deal with his parents that if he could not make it as a drummer in a band within two years, he would go to college. Within two months, he found love with a band called Black Cat Bones and his future in music began.
1949 – Peter Doyle – Australian pop singer who had success with a number of Top 40 hits in Australia in the 1960s. Peter then found a successful career with the band The New Seekers in the early 1970s. Peter later returned to a solo career in 1973.
1949 – Steve Took – English musician. He is best known for his participation of the duo T. Rex with Marc Bolan. After breaking off with Bolan, he concentrated on his own singer-songwriter career and performed as a solo artist and as a frontman for several bands.
1975 – Todd Anderson – Todd Anderson was always into music. His father bought him a drum set as a young boy. When Todd was in college, he and his brother Jason who is a guitar player and vocalist started the band Heartland. As a member of the band Heartland, he’s associated with the 2006 ballad “I Loved Her First”.