Today in Music History July 28

1948 So you say its your birthday –  Gerald Casale, vocalist, bass guitar/synthesizer player, and a founding member of the Devo. The band blazed the trail of new wave music with their 1980 hit ‘Whip It’.

 

1969 Moscow police dealt with thousands of calls reporting vandals destroying public phone booths.  Apparently a Russian youth magazine had shown how to use phone parts to convert acoustic guitars to electric ones.

1979 Bob Geldolf’s Boomtown Rats reach #2 in the UK with ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’.  The song was written about a mass shooting in San Diego, CA, in which the shooter, in explaining their actions, was quoted as saying “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”

 

Sources: This Day in Music.com; Wikipedia

 

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