Time to impart some knowledge for a Friday. Let’s start on this day in 1956. Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the US charts with “Don’t Be Cruel.” The track went on to become Presley’s biggest selling single, with sales over six million by 1961.
It was on this day in 1965, that the Ford Motor Company, became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles.
Huey Lewis and the News released their third album, “Sports,” on this day in 1983. The album has sold over 7 million copies and spawned four top ten hits.
It was on this day in 1987, that Tiffany released her self-titled debut album.
I love this one right here. It was on this day in 1990, that The Steve Miller Band had a UK No.1 with “The Joker.” The song was featured in a Levi’s commercial and became a huge radio hit. The 16 years between it being #1 here in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K. is still the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers.
One of the founding members of the Ramones passed away on this day in 2004. Guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.
And just two years ago, we lost guitarist Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon. He passed away after a long bout with alcoholism. Since we just went thru Irma, I thought I would tell you, that he is the writer of the song “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” that we played so many times during the storm.
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