This Week in Music History (May 21st-27th)

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300492-large5/21- On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the single “Ohio” in reaction to the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings during which unarmed college students were shot by members of the Ohio National Guard.

2174-large5/22- On this day in 1965, The Beatles reached No.1 on the US singles chart with their track “Ticket to Ride”. The song was the group’s eighth No.1 hit. It was also used in the Beatles’ second film Help! and was a part of the film’s soundtrack.

375787-large5/23- On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney‘s debut solo album McCartney began a three-week run atop the US album chart. Apart from a few vocal contributions by Linda McCartney, McCartney performed and recorded the entire album as a solo project.

101405-large5/24- On this day in 1974, jazz legend, bandleader, composer and pianist Duke Ellington died of lung cancer and pneumonia at age 75. Ellington’s career spanned over 50 years; he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1966, and the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring his face in 2009.

32093-large5/25– On this day in 1968, Simon and Garfunkel‘s fourth studio album Bookends became the duo’s second US No.1 hit. The album was a breakthrough for the pair, launching them to superstar status. It contained their No.1 hit single “Mrs. Robinson”, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

12589-large5/26- On this day in 1990, the top five positions on the US singles chart were held by female artists for the first time. Madonna was at No.1 with “Vogue”, members of Heart were at No.2, Sinead O’Connor at No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4, and Janet Jackson at No. 5.

114141-large5/27- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols‘ single “God Save the Queen” was released in the United Kingdom. Although the track sold over 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts, it was banned by TV, radio, and stores because of its controversial lyrics.

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This Week in Music History (December 11th-17th)

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12/11- On this day in 1964, soul legend Sam Cooke was shot and killed by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Courts later ruled the shooting a justifiable homicide, but the ruling and the circumstances of Cooke’s death have been widely debated since.

12/12- On this day in 1970, The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with frontman Jim Morrison. The show was played at The Warehouse in New Orleans.

12/13- On this day in 1997, kids’ TV characters The Teletubbies reached No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!”. The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the charts, but continues to haunt parents to this day.

12/14- On this day in 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US No. 1 hit single when “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” began a five-week run at the top of the charts. The song had previously been recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

12/15- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the United States two days before they were scheduled to appear on NBC TV. Johnny Rotten was turned away because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious because of “moral turpitude”, and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.

12/16- On this day in 1974, guitarist Mick Taylor announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones. Taylor said the time had come to “move on and do something new”.

12/17- On this day in 1968, The Who played their Christmas party at the Marquee Club in London. Also on the bill was a new and largely unknown group called Yes, which would go on to produce several number one singles, including “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, and tour the world.

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This Week in Music History (November 6th-12th)

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11/06- On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud” began a two-week run at the top of the US singles chart. The track was the group’s second No. 1 single to date, knocking The Beatles’ “Yesterday” from the top spot.

11/07- On this day in 1987, Bruce Springsteen shot to No.1 on the US album chart with Tunnel of Love. The album, The Boss’s eighth, went triple platinum, and the single “Brilliant Disguise” became one of his most popular tracks.

11/08- On this day in 2008, long-standing rockers AC/DC began a two-week run at No. 1 on the US album charts with Black Ice. The album, which was the band’s 15th, became the second-best selling album of the year.

11/09- On this day in 1958, Elvis Presley’s hit single “Hound Dog” passed three million copies sold in the US, becoming only the third single of all time to do so. Before “Hound Dog”, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” hit the mark.

11/10- On this day in 1958, soul singer Sam Cooke was severely injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas that killed the car’s driver. Cooke is known for his major hits like “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

11/11- On this day in 1969, Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer, accompanied by actor Tom Baker, had been drinking and harassing stewardesses. Both were released after spending a night in jail.

11/12- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols released their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The album, which was met with a wave of controversy in the UK upon its release, went on to become the group’s only No. 1 UK album.

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