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15th Jan 1972, Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and […]

12th Dec 1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tears Of A Clown’. It was the group’s 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1, and also a No.1 hit in the UK. The song was written by Stevie Wonder in 1966, and his […]

Paul McCartney and Wings released the “Band on the Run” LP on December 5, 1973 in the US (Dec. 7 in the UK). It marked the fifth album by Paul McCartney since his departure from the Beatles. Sales were modest initially, but its two hit singles – “Jet” and “Band on the Run” helped the […]

5th Dec 1973, Paul McCartney released Band On The Run, his fifth album since his departure from The Beatles. Two hit singles from the album – ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’ made it McCartney’s most successful album. The majority of Band on the Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney […]

30th Nov 1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the […]

13th Nov 1976, Rod Stewart started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tonight’s The Night’. It was Rod’s second US No.1; it made No.5 in the UK after being banned by many radio stations due to song being about the seduction of a virgin. The song features whispers from […]

11th Nov 1978, Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of Jimmy Webb’s ‘MacArther Park’, also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968, (made No.5 in the UK). Also on this day Summer went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Live And […]

10th Nov 1973, Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, the singers third US No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures, is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 […]

24th Oct 1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, a No.3 hit in the UK. A music video for ‘Bad’, directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring one of the first appearances of yet-undiscovered Wesley Snipes, was released in late 1987. More on Michael Jackson: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/bad_bubbles_and_bananas […]

27 Oct 1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny […]


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