Join Us as We Look Back on Music History to Discover What Happened On This Day
Welcome to another stellar edition of On This Day, today we kick off our magical music tour in 1959 with The Platters. It wouldn’t be OTD without our usual suspects including, Pink Floyd, The Beatles Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Right, let’s get this tour started!
Red = Artist’s Name // Light Black = Track Title // Gray = TV & Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Lables // Maroon = Awards and Ceremonies
On This Day
🎙The Platters ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes‘, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart.
🎙The Monkees were at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘I’m A Believer‘, the group’s only UK No.1. The song composed by Neil Diamond had 1,051,280 advance orders and went gold within two days of release. It is on of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold ten million or more physical copies worldwide.
🎙The Beatles began recording ‘A Day In the life‘ at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 December 1996 in Redcliffe Gardens, London
🎙Tracks from The Beatles The While Album including ‘Helter Skelter‘, were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. Actress Sharon Tate who was married to film director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was killed in her home, along with four others, by the followers of Charles Manson.
🎙’Brass In Pocket‘ gave The Pretenders their first UK No.1 single. The band’s self-titled debut album started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK Album chart also on this day.
🎙Pink Floyd’s The Wall started a fifteen-week run at No.1 on the US Album chart. The group’a third US No.1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. The Wall is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Eagles’ Greatest Hits.
🎙Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US from Colombia via a shrimp boat. McGhee received a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of $15,000, and was ordered to set up an anti-drugs foundation.
🎙Singer Mel Appleby died of Pneumonia aged 23 following treatment for spinal cancer. Mel had been one-half of the duo Mel & Kim. Appleby initially worked as a glamour model, and in 1987 she did a photo shoot for Mayfair. Mel & Kim had the 1997 UK No.1 ‘Respectable‘.
🎙American Rockabilly singer, songwriter Carl Perkins died at the age of 65 from throat cancer. He wrote the classic rock & roll song ‘Blue Suede Shoes‘, the first record on the Sun Label to sell a million copies.
🎙It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth £725 million ($1.223m) and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
🎙American soul singer, Wilson Pickett died in the hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack aged 64. Pickett recorded the soul classics ‘Mustang Sally‘, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love‘ and ‘In The Midnight Hour‘, plus Pickett scored 15 other US Top 40 singles.
🎙Canadian singer-songwriter and former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty died aged 66. He died at his home near Toronto, Canada after a short illness. The group scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Monday Monday‘.
🎙Singer-songwriter John Stewart, who wrote The Monkees hit ‘Daydream Believer‘ died aged 68 after he suffered a massive stroke or a brain aneurysm in San Diego. Stewart was a member of the folk group The Kingston Trio and went on to recorded more than 45 solo albums with his biggest solo success being a US top five single ‘Gold‘, in 1979.
🎙Bruce Springsteen scored his tenth UK No.1 album with High Hopes, putting him ahead of the likes of ABBA, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. The achievement puts him on level pegging with The Rolling Stones and U2, who also have ten UK No.1’s. The Beatles lead the way, with fifteen, followed by Madonna with twelve, while Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams both had eleven each.
🎙Don McLean was arrested on a charged of domestic violence assult after police were called to a property in Camden, Mane.
Well, my friends that bring us to the end of today’s OTD history tour. Be sure to check out the OTD Spotify playlist below; it’s worth a listen!