On this day in 1962 “Sherry” by the 4 Seasons was the #1 song.
On this day in 1969, A DJ on a Detroit radio station received a phone call telling him, that if you play “Revolution 9” backwards, you will hear “Turn me on, dead man, turn me on, dead man.” Another caller announced that if you play The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words “I buried Paul.” This started a worldwide rumor that Paul McCartney was dead. After closer listening, John actually says “cranberry sauce.”
Let’s jump all the way to 1982, when The Who performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, with the Clash as their opening act.
George Harrison released the song “Got My Mind Set On You,” on this day in 1987. Of Harrison’s three #1 singles in the U.S., it was the only song not written by him and the only one without religious overtones.
On this day in 1991, Mariah Carey broke the Jackson 5’s record of four straight number one hits when “Emotions” became the fifth of her first five singles to top the Billboard chart.
And finally, it was on this day in 1997, when John Denver was killed, when the handmade, experimental airplane he was flying ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. The 53 year old had scored 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40 Pop chart, including four No.1’s.
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