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Today's Birthdays, Jan. 28…

  • Box Tops bassist Rick Allen is 69.

Today in History…  
In 1956

  • Elvis Presley made his first TV appearance, on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show."  He sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1961

  • Bobby Darin was featured in "TV Guide."

In 1963

  • The Rolling Stones recorded five songs in the group's first session at the IBC Studios in London.  At the time, the band didn't have a label on which to release the songs.

In 1965

  • The Who made its first appearance on the British TV show "Ready Steady Go."
  • The Moody Blues' "Go Now" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1967

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed its first concert at London's Saville Theater.
  • The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" hit number one in the UK and Holland.  The band was also featured in "The Saturday Evening Post."
  • Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
  • The Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
  • Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On," Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," and The Casinos' "The You Can Tell Me Goodbye" broke into the Top 40.
  • New single releases included The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together" backed with "Ruby Tuesday," Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," The Rascals' "I've Been Lonely Too Long," and The Supremes' "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone."

In 1968

  • The Supremes and Tom Jones were among the guests on the British TV show "Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

In 1970

  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears; Jimi Hendrix; Richie Havens; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and The Rascals were among the performers at a benefit concert for the Vietnam Memorial Committee.  The concert raised nearly 150-thousand-dollars for the group, which organized protests of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 1975

  • Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1976

  • Gary Glitter announced his retirement.

In 1978

  • Ted Nugent autographed a fan's arm with a knife.
  • The Doobie Brothers appeared on the sitcom "What's Happening."
  • Van Halen released "You Really Got Me," the first single from the group's upcoming self-titled album.

In 1982

  • Jackson Browne and wife Lynne Sweeney became parents to a son, Ryan Daniel Brown.

In 1984

  • Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1985

  • Numerous stars gathered to record the fundraising single "We Are The World."  Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, and Lionel Richie were among those participating in the project.
  • In 1988
  • Pink Floyd sent a giant inflatable bed down the Thames River to promote their "Momentary Lapse of Reason" tour.

In 1989

  • "Shining Time Station," starring Ringo Starr, debuted on PBS.
  • Steve Winwood's "Holding On" peaked at number eleven on the U.S. pop singles chart.
  • The Gene Pitney-Mark Allmond collaboration "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" hit number one on the UK charts.

In 1990

  • Aaron Neville sang the national anthem before Superbowl 24 in New Orleans.

In 1991

  • Aerosmith and Phil Collins each won two awards at the "American Music Awards" ceremony.

In 1995

  • Paul and Linda McCartney and their kids joined Yoko Ono in a British studio to record the song "Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue."Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page made a guest appearance at a Black Crowes at a show in London.

In 1997

  • Pat Boone released an album of heavy metal songs, called "In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy."

In 1999

  • Pat Boone formed Gold Records, which will only sign artists over the age of 45.

In 2001

  • Aerosmith was among the halftime performers at the Super Bowl.

In 2002
  • Paul McCartney received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Amnesty International USA's Media Spotlight Awards ceremony.
  • The Swingin' Medallions' Steve Caldwell died of pancreatic cancer.  He sang and played saxophone with the group, and is on the band's 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love.)"  He was 55.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden arrived in South Florida to be with his daughter, who had been in a car accident the day before.
  • The rerelease of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hit number one on the Canadian pop singles chart.

In 2003

  • Beach Boy Mike Love won a lawsuit against former band mate Al Jardine giving him the sole rights to the use of the name The Beach Boys.

In 2004

  • James Brown was arrested and charged with domestic violence following an incident in which he allegedly pushed his wife to the floor during an argument.
  • Art Garfunkel made a court appearance in connection with an arrest in upstate New York on marijuana possession.

In 2006

  • Wilson Pickett's funeral took place at Canaan Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.  Little Richard was among those who participated in the service.

In 2009

  • A week-long 50th anniversary event honoring the final concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson began with the dedication of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa as an historical rock and roll site.

In 2010

  • Sly and the Family Stone's Sly Stone filed a lawsuit claiming his former manager had been cheating him out of royalty payments for more than 20 years, and was owed between 20 and 30-million-dollars.

In 2011

  • Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, and Buddy Guy were among the inductees into the Musicians Hall Of Fame.  The late Roy Orbison was also honored at the event, which took place in Nashville.