Today In Music History: 07/28/17

Lynyrd Skynyrd was introduced to the press on this day in 1973, with an explanation on how to pronounce the band’s name.

Same year, Grand Funk Railroad gave us the song “We’re An American Band.” It actually hit #1 on Grand Funk’s lead singer Mark Farner’s 25th birthday. Here’s the funny. That particular song was sung by drummer Don Brewer, not Farner.

On this day in 1979, after a show in Cleveland, Joe Perry quits Aerosmith, after a screaming match with Steven Tyler. He is replaced by Jim Crespo, but rejoins the band in 1984. That concert also featured Journey, AC/DC, the Scorpions, Ted Nugent, and Thin Lizzy. The event was marred with five shootings, one fatality and numerous incidents of theft, vandalism and gang violence.

It was a double header, on this day in 1984, on “American Bandstand,” as Corey Hart and John Waite were guest performers.

Let’s jump to 1987, when The Beatles sued Nike, Capitol Records and others involved in the unauthorized use of their song “Revolution” in commercials. Nike had gotten permission from the then owner of the musical rights, Michael Jackson, and continued to run the commercials. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 1989, but the terms were not disclosed.

And finally, it was on this day in 1992, that the Barenaked Ladies released their debut studio album, Gordon. The album went #1 in their home country of Canada.

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