An American act challenges The Beatles on the charts (it's a surprise) -- An '80's Festival quite diff from the ones in the '70's -- Happy B'day to a rocker who's been on the radio every day since the late Sixties!

Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert & combo arrive in London for a brief tour; Oct. 1966. (Central Press/Getty Images)

5/28/1966 (54 years ago today) - ...And you thought The Fab Four were the dominant LP force: Well, props to "light-jazz" trumpet-man Herb Albert and his band The Tijuana Brass -- They hit No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart with "What Now My Love", in the process setting a new U.S. record with four albums in The Top Ten(!), the other three being "South Of The Border", "Going Places", and "Whipped Cream And Other Delights". Considering that the British Invasion was still going on strong, that's an interesting achievement; grown-ups were buying albums too...

5/28/1983 (37 years ago today) - The four day "US Festival '83" gets underway in California -- Over 750,000 fans check out U2, David Bowie, Van Halen, The Clash, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Stevie Nicks, The Stray Cats, Willie Nelson, Judas Priest, INXS, Joe Walsh and Men At Work -- Guess we're just being sentimental about the "olden days" here; even though the line-up is (way more than) pretty good, the whole event was bone-chillingly corporatized and let's face it, the early '80's were not very kind to some of the artists involved. Overall grade: C+.

5/28/1945 - Born this date, John Fogerty, 75 years old today -- Between 1968 and 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded six full-length albums of all new material (three of 'em came out in 1969!!!), selling over 26 million copies alone right here in the good ol' U.S.A. -- An ability to write three-minute songs that still sound great 50 years later...? Well, kids, that's an amazing talent to have. Phenomenal when get right down to it.

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