Music History for

December 28


1812 - Composer Julius Rietz was born.

1944 - The musical "On the Town" opened in New York City and ran for 462 performances. It featured the song, "New York, New York."

1969 - "Temptations Day" was declared in Detroit, MI.

1975 - Twenty-five year old David Gelfer pointed a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent and was then brought down to the ground by members of the audience and security guards. Gelfer was charged with "intimidating with a weapon."

1976 - The first Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.

1981 - WEA Records (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic) raised the price of its 45-rpm records from $1.68 to $1.98.

1982 - Cliff Burton joined Metallica.

1983 - Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, CA.

1998 - Usher sued the Tommy Hilfigger company for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.

2001 - A district court judge reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson. The original charge, fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct, was reduced to disorderly conduct. A second charge, a misdemeanor count of assault and battery, remained unchanged. The incident stemmed from a concert on July 30, 2001 in Clarkston, MI, in which Manson allegedly assaulted a security guard.