Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: September 28

The Temptations version of ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’ is released by Motown Records. It was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1971, and the Temps version was Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. It also won three Grammy Awards in 1973. The song was first recorded by another Motown recording act The Undisputed Truth.

Tina Turner’s old hometown, Nutbush, Tennessee, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in the small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was about 17.

Julian Lennon’s long time friend Lucy Vodden, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. Through Julian she was the inspiration for Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed him a nursery school drawing he called Lucy in the sky with diamonds, about his classmate.


A homecoming of sorts as one-time Northfield Ohio resident John Waite appears at the Kent Stage.

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French jazz great Madeleine Peyroux always delivers a great show at the Kent Stage.

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