We start with a couple of songs from 1974. George McCrae started a two week run at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rock Your Baby,” regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.
On that same day, Eric Clapton released his version of “I Shot the Sheriff.” He took his version to #1 and it was his version that was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1985, Duran Duran became the first artists to have a No.1 with a James Bond theme, when “A View To A Kill” hit the top of the charts. “Live and Let Die” and “Nobody Does It Better” both got to #2.
We stay on this day in 1985, when the 18-hour Live Aid concerts were held in Philadelphia and London and raised more than $70 million for African famine relief. The list of artists is long and distinguished and was televised to more than a billion people world wide.
And finally, it was on this day in 1987, up in Encino, California, that 50 of America’s largest record retailers were guests at Michael Jackson’s home to preview his new album, “Bad.” The album went on to sell more than 30 million copies.
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