BORN ON JULY 28
1930 – Junior Kimbrough, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 1998)
1943 – Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist and songwriter (d. 1981)
1943 – Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pink Floyd) (d. 2008)
1948 – Gerald Casale, American singer-songwriter,multi-instrumentalist, record producer and music video director (Devo)
1949 – Peter Doyle, Australian singer and guitarist (New Seekers) (d. 2001)
1949 – Simon Kirke, English drummer (Free, Bad Company)
1949 – Steve Peregrin Took, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (T. Rex) (d. 1980)
1954 – Steve Morse, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple)
1970 – Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist and songwriter ( Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, Carnage)
1980 – Stephen Christian, American singer-songwriter (Anberlin, Anchor & Braille)
EVENTS ON JULY 28
1969 – Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.
1979 – “I Don’t Like Mondays” gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”
1995 – Jimi Hendrix’ father James Al Hendrix won back the rights to his son’s name, likeness, image and music after a number of companies had profited from them over the years.
2014 – Linda Ronstadt was honored with a National Medal of Arts at the White House in Washington, D.C. The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in April of this year), since Parkinson’s disease limited her ability to travel. The singer was brought into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked onto the stage to receive her award.