Tuesday July 28th
1945 – Rick Wright of Pink Floyd is born in London.
1949 – Steve Took, who played with Marc Bolan in T. Rex, is born.
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes his TV debut on the “Steve Allen Show.”
1965 – The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s Ready Steady Go! Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.”
1970 – Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger as the behelmeted highwayman, opens in Australia. Reception is unkind.
1973 – A crowd of 600,000 gathers for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band.
1973 – Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September.
1978 – In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographs his arm. With a Bowie knife.
1979 – The World Series of Rock is held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy.
1982 – To Jackson Browne, a son. Browne and second wife Lynne Sweeney become the proud parents of Ryan Daniel Browne today.
1993 – Roger Waters marries Priscilla Phillips at the Romsey Registry Office in England this day in rock history!
1995 – Control of Jimi Hendrix’s estate is passed on to his father, James Al Hendrix, who fought a long legal battle for the rights to his son’s likeness and music.
1999 – Eddie Vedder joins Pete Townshend onstage at New York’s Supper Club to rip through “Magic Bus” and “Better Man.”
1999 – Steve Tyler of Aerosmith tells the New York Daily News he’s trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. “
2004 – The second highest new entry in U.S. album charts is Van Halen’s new hits collection The Best of Both Worlds, which lands at No. 3.