December 28th: Iron Butterfly, Black Sabbath, The Who, Jethro Tull and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1968: The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with the 'White Album', the group's 12th US No.1 album.

1968: The three day Miami Pop festival took place, the first major rock festival held on the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.

1968: 'I Put A Spell On You' by Creedence Clearwater Revival, a cover of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song, peaks at Number 58 on the pop chart.

1968: Vanilla Fudge appeared at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada supported by Led Zeppelin on their first US tour. Their single, 'Season Of The Witch', a cover of the Donovan song, peaks at Number 65 on the pop chart.

1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the two day festival Flight To Lowlands Paradise II, Margriethal-Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands, (replacing Jimi Hendrix). Other acts appearing included Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, The Pretty Things and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

1968: 'White Houses' by Eric Burdon & the Animals peaks at Number 67 on the pop chart.

1971: During a UK tour, Mott The Hoople appeared at the Guildhall in Plymouth.

1971: George Harrison was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Sweet Lord', making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston.

1972: David Bowie appeared at The Hardrock, Stretford, Manchester, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.

1973: 'Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath' by Black Sabbath is released.

1974: 'War Child' by Jethro Tull peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1978: Rolling Stone magazine voted 'Some Girls' by The Rolling Stones 'Album of the Year.'

1979: The Who, the Pretenders, the Specials, and others perform at the third of four benefit shows for the people of Kampuchea.

1980: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play Charles Brown's R&B holiday standard "Merry Christmas, Baby" for the first time. It's their opening song at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

1985: 'Small Town' by John Mellencamp peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1985: 'Love Is The Seventh Wave' by Sting peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.

1988: Nirvana appeared at the Hollywood Underground, Seattle, Washington.

1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Pearl Jam all appeared at Del Mar O'brien Pavilion, San Diego, California.

1992: Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos shoot a concert in Chicago for the PBS series Centerstage.

2000: Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw marries Jeanne Mason in Las Vegas.

2005: Pink Floyd were voted the greatest rock stars ever in a survey of 58,000 listeners from UK radio station Planet Rock. Led Zeppelin were voted into second place, 3rd was The Rolling Stones, 4th, The Who, 5th, AC/DC, 6th, U2, 7th, Guns N’ Roses, 8th, Nirvana, 9th, Bon Jovi and in 10th place Jimi Hendrix. Listeners also named the 1970s as the golden age of rock, followed by the 1960’s.

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