Today in Rock & Roll History: December 28th

1963: “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it became her fourth and final top 5 hit on the chart.

1968: “Touch Me” by The Doors entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 in the Cash Box Top 100 in early 1969, making it the band’s third American #1 single.

1968: The second Miami Pop Festival, unrelated to the one organized earlier that year in May, took place at the Gulfstream Park horse racing track in Hallandale, Florida. It was the first major rock festival on America’s east coast, drawing in approximately 100,000 people. Performers during the three-day event included Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, the Box Tops, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steppenwolf, the Turtles, and many more. This festival was unique in that it was the first rock festival to have two entirely separate “main” stages, both operating simultaneously and offering performers of equal caliber.

1968: The Beatles’ self-titled ninth album known also as the “White Album” hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart. The double album stayed at the top of the chart for the next eight of nine weeks.

1970: The single version of “Mother” by John Lennon, from his recently released debut solo album, was released in the US.

1971: After years of serving as an opening act, New York group Sha Na Na headlined a show at Carnegie Hall. Keith Moon of the Who hosted the event in drag.

1974: Stevie Wonder hit the top of Billboard’s R&B chart with “Boogie on Reggae Woman.”

Birthdays Today

Roebuck “Pops” Staples, songwriter, guitarist, and singer with the Staples Singers, was born in Winona, MS in 1914.

Johnny Otis, singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, TV host, author, and seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll who discovered numerous artists early in their careers that went on to become highly successful in their own right, was born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes in Vallejo, CA in 1921.

Dorsey Burnette, singer, rockabilly pioneer, and founding member of the The Rock and Roll Trio, was born in Memphis, TN in 1932.

Del Casher, guitarist who invented the wah-wah pedal in 1966 and was the original proponent of using it in conjunction with an electric guitar, was born in Hammon, IN in 1938.

Charles Neville, vocalist and sax player for the Neville Brothers, was born in New Orleans, LA in 1938.

John Till, session musician and lead guitarist for Janis Joplin’s backing band, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada in 1945.

Edgar Winter, rock and blues multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, and younger brother of Johnny Winter, was born in Beaumont, TX in 1946.

Dick Diamonde, bass guitarist and founding member of Australian group The Easybeats, was born Dingeman Adriaan Henry van der Sluijs in Hilversum, Netherlands in 1947.

Alex Chilton, singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and lead singer of the Box Tops and Big Star, was born in Memphis, TN in 1950.