Music History for Wednesday, 8/28/19
2016 - Beyonce won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, for "Formation," after walking the red carpet with mothers of shooting victims, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She and her team took home eight trophies in all. Rihanna won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
2014 - English rock bassist Glenn Cornick died from heart failure. He was 67.
2013 - Bruno Mars took his Moonshine Jungle Tour to Tampa Bay, Florida. The tour was ranked among the top 25 tours of 2013, selling out 44 of 48 shows.
2012 - TobyMac debuted at No. 1 on the charts with his sixth album, Eye on It. The album was the first Christian release since 1997 to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
2012 - Alanis Morissette released her eighth album, Havoc and Bright Lights. It debuted at No. 5 on the charts.
2012 - Matchbox Twenty released their fourth album, North. It was the first album from the band to debut at No. 1 on the charts.
2012 - R&B singer Tamia released her fifth album, Beautiful Surprise. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Also, the first single from the album, its title track, received a nomination for Best R&B Song.
2011 - Katy Perry nabbed the Video of the Year Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in honor of her hit song “Firework.” Beyonce announced she was pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy during a performance of “Love on Top.”
2010 - A memorial in honor of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg was unveiled in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. The singer died in December 2007 at the age of 56.
2009 - Blake Fielder-Civil divorced Amy Winehouse due to adultery after two years of marriage.
2009 - The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide by drug overdose. The anesthetic propofol and the sedative lorazepam were the primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s sudden death on June 25th.
2009 - Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam.
2007 - Hilly Kristal, founder of legendary punk rock club CBGB’s, died at 75 from complications of lung cancer. His club, which closed in 2006 over a rent dispute, helped launch the careers of The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads.
2005 - Green Day cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, winning seven awards, including Video of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the Viewer’s Choice Award. The show went on as planned, despite concerns over Hurricane Katrina, which hit Florida a week prior, and after record boss Suge Knight was shot in the leg during a pre-awards party for Kanye West.
2005 - Art Garfunkel was charged with possession near Woodstock, New York, after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car. A year prior, Garfunkel pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in upstate New York.
1998 - Rapper Noreaga was labeled a fugitive by police after skipping out after a post-concert fight with a fan.
1997 - Genesis premiered their first new studio album in six years, Calling All Stations, on a radio special and over the web. It was the band's first album with new lead singer Ray Wilson.
1997 - Country singer Alan Jackson and his wife Denise welcomed a daughter, Dani Grace Jackson. She was the couple’s third child.
1996 - Issac Hayes sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting that he stop using the Sam & Dave classic, “Soul Man,” which Hayes co-wrote. Dole supporters had changed the chorus of the song to “I’m A Dole Man.”
1995 - Michael Jackson had the number one song with "You Are Not Alone."
1995 – Oingo Boingo announced they would break up following a series of Halloween shows in California.
1993 - Billy Joel started a three-week run at number one on the U.S. album chart with River of Dreams.
1993 - Tracy Lawrence ascended to the number one spot on the Billboard country chart with "Can't Break It to My Heart." On the same day, Reba McEntire's duet with Linda Davis, "Does He Love You," debuted on the Billboard chart on its way to number one.
1986 - Tina Turner got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1984 - The Jacksons' Victory tour broke the then-record for concert ticket sales, selling more than 1.1 million tickets in two months.
1982 - George Strait’s single, "Fool-Hearted Memory," became his first number one.
1979 - Neil Young scored two gold albums on the same day: Decade and Rust Never Sleeps.
1978 - Devo released their album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo.
1973 - Bobby "Boris" Pockett’s "Monster Mash" charted for the third time, hitting number 10 after first hitting number one in 1962. By this time, Pickett had retired from music and was driving a cab.
1972 - David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1968 - Tammy Wynette recorded "Stand By Your Man" in 15 minutes, the most successful song of her career.
1967 - The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company played at the wake of a Hell's Angels member who had been struck by a car in San Francisco.
1966 - The Beatles played Dodger Stadium.
1966 - Donovan had the number one song with "Sunshine Superman."
1965 - Bob Dylan was booed offstage at Forest Hills in Queens, New York, for showing up with an electric guitar.
1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life Magazine
1964 - Legend has it that Bob Dylan turned The Beatles on to marijuana at the Delmonica Hotel in New York City.
1964 - The Beatles played the first of two nights in Forest Hills in Queens, New York. The enthusiastic crowd showered the band with jellybeans and shrieked so loudly throughout that the music was nearly inaudible.
1963 - Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin' in the Wind" before Civil Rights marchers who had gathered in Washington to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak.
1961 - "Please Mr. Postman" was released by the Marvelettes.