April 28 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 28

1963 : 19-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager a little later and makes them add the "g".

1967 : Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "This Diamond Ring" is certified gold.

1968 : Featuring the Hippie anthem Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, the musical Hair opens on Broadway. The show is made into a movie in 1979.

1987 : Ray Charles appears before Congress to urge more funding for hearing research, stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."

1999 : Members of The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.

1999 : Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.

2000 : James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.

2003 : Apple launches iTunes, which becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service was available only to Mac users and the music files were encoded in Apple's proprietary format restricting where they could be played.

2005 : Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville, North Carolina, after he falls to the arena floor from a speaker cabinet onstage.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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