On this day in 1968, Eric Clapton became the first non-Beatle to appear on one of their recordings, when he rocked the guitar solo for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Glen Campbell starts a two week run at No.1 with “Rhinestone Cowboy,” on this day in 1975. It was his first No.1 after 13 Top 40 hits.
Paul McCartney released “Tug Of War” on this day in 1982.
Bananarama went No.1 with ‘Venus’, on this day in 1986. The song had also been a No.1 for Dutch group Shocking Blue in 1970. The Shocking Blue version went No. 1 in 9 countries, Bananarama’s version hit #1 in 7 countries.
On this day in 1998, New Kids On The Block release their breakout album, Hangin’ Tough. The LP goes to #1 in America and spawns five hit singles, including the chart-topping title track and the #3 song “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff).”
We get sad news from this day in 1990, Guitarist Tom Fogarty, who co-founded Creedence Clearwater Revival with his brother John, died of respiratory failure, he was 48.
And finally, a big night for Oriole fan Joan Jett, on this day in 1995. She sings the National Anthem at the Orioles /Angels game, which just happens to be game that Cal Ripken broke the consecutive game record held by Lou Gehrig, by playing in his 2131st consecutive game. I apologize, but I could not find Jett’s rendition of the Star Spangled banner that night anywhere on line.
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