September 28 Rock And Roll History
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On this day in 1963, Murray the K, a New York DJ, got a copy of "She Loves You" by the Beatles and played it on WINS-AM. It is believed to be the first Beatles tune ever played in the U.S.
In 1968, The Beatles had their biggest hit as well as the largest selling record of the '60s when "Hey Jude" climbed to #1 on the U.S. charts. The song was written for John Lennon's son Julian by Paul McCartney. It stayed at #1 in America for 9 weeks and sold over 8 million copies. Julian paid 25,000 pounds ($32,931) for the recording notes to the song at an auction in 1996.
1968, Bruce Springsteen performed at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in New Jersey, along with local group the Founders.
Also in 1968, Janis Joplin announced that she would be leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company, as she had been questioning the band's commitment to music. Kozmic Blues Band, the group she subsequently was involved in, didn't last long, and as a result she began recording as a solo artist.
David Bowie generated so much publicity with his Ziggy Stardust shows that in 1972 his show at Carnegie Hall sold out.
The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on U.S. TV in six years in 1973, when they performed "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" on the premiere of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
And in 1976, George Harrison was sued by A&M Records for $6 million after he failed to deliver his new album. Allegedly suffering from hepatitis, he missed the agreed-upon date by two months.