May 28 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 28

1955 : "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" has four different versions on the charts, including a #1 hit for Bill Hayes. The other three are by Fess Parker, Walter Schumann and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

1957 : The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They become known for their Grammy Awards, which kicks off in 1958.

1958 : Buddy Holly receives his draft notice in Lubbock, Texas, but is refused induction because of his notoriously poor eyesight and also a stomach ulcer.

1960 : Elvis Presley visits Vegas, and his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the local media, due to their penchant for wearing long coats and dark glasses.

1969 : Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithfull are arrested in their London home on charges of marijuana possession, but released on 50 pounds' bail.

1973 : Ronnie Lane leaves The Faces.

1975 : The Doobie Brothers' LP "Stampede" is certified gold.

1976 : Gregg Allman testifies against The Allman Brothers Band's road manager/bodyguard Scooter Herring in a deal to avoid drug charges after a drug trafficking sting. This causes tensions in the band, who take two years off before re-forming.

1977 : Bruce Springsteen is finally free to record after a legal battle with his former manager Mike Appel that keeps him out of the studio for two years. Springsteen learns that it's not a good idea to sign a contract on the hood of a car.

1981 : Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the opening act for The Clash, who play the first of 8 shows at Bond's in Times Square, New York (future home of Tower Records). The rappers are booed and assaulted with various projectiles as the crowd does not appreciate their act.

1983 : Van Halen is paid $1 million to play the "US Festival" in San Bernardino, California. It's the biggest fee anyone has ever received for playing a single concert.

1983 : After supporting Adam and The Ants and The Go-Go's on their first tour of America, INXS plays a triumphant set at the US Festival in California, drawing many of the 150,000 concert goers to their second stage performance and earning an encore. The very same day, their first American hit, "The One Thing", reaches its peak chart position of #30.

2003 : Paul McCartney and his second wife, model/activist Heather Mills, announce the upcoming birth of their first child, to be named Beatrice Milly.

2007 : The Police set aside their differences and launch their first tour since 1986 in Vancouver. Despite some bandmember clashes along the way, the tour lasts over a year, selling 3,300,912 tickets in 151 shows.

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