September 28, 1978 – Black Sabbath release their 8th studio album, Never Say Die!, which is the last one to feature Ozzy Osbourne before his return in 2013. The album is called “scattered” but still reaches Gold status.
September 28, 1991 – Bryan Adams is awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include the three members of Rush, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Leonard Cohen.
Classic Rock Birthdays
September 28, 1901 – Ed Sullivan, TV host (d. 1974)
September 28, 1954 – George Lynch, guitar (Lynch Mob, Dokken)
September 28, 1943 – Nick St. Nicholas (born Klaus Karl Kassbaum), bass (Steppenwolf)
September 28, 1950 – Paul Burgess, drums (10cc)
September 28, 1965 – Ginger Fish (born Kenneth Robert Wilson), drums (Marilyn Manson)
September 28, 1928 – Koko Taylor (born Cora Walton), vocals “Queen of the Blues” (d. 2009)
September 28, 1952 – Andy Ward, drums (Marillion)
September 28, 1938 – Ben E. King, vocals (d. 2015)
September 28, 1967 – Moon Unit Zappa, vocals
September 28, 1991 – Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, dies from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure in Santa Monica, California. He was 65. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In 2006, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz.”
September 28, 2009 – Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” dies in London of lupus. She was 46. At the age of four, she was classmates with Lennon’s son, Julian, and one day he came home from school with a drawing and told his dad it was “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” Lennon seized on the image and developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece.