On this day in 1970 “Lola” peaks at #9 in the US, giving The Kinks their first American Top 10 in over five years.
We jump 10 years later to this day in 1980. Paul McCartney was presented with a rhodium-plated medallion by the British government for being named “the best selling songwriter and recording artist in history” by The Guinness Book of World Records. At that time, He had written or co-written 43 million-selling songs since 1962 and sold more than 100 million records.
On that same day, John Lennon released “(Just Like) Starting Over.”
You may have actually been at this concert. It was on this day in 1981, that The Rolling Stones with opening act Van Halen played the first of two nights at the Citrus Bowl.
On this day in 1986, Aubrey Drake Graham is born in Toronto. After a stint on the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation, he becomes one of the biggest selling rappers of all time under the name of Drake.
We roll to this day in 1987. Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Bad.” A music video for “Bad,” directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Wesley Snipes, who at that time was mostly unknown, was released later in the year. Two years later Snipes gained stardom in the movie “Major League.” And speaking of baseball……..
Since we have game one of the World Series starting tonight, let’s take a look at some singers, who did national anthems before games on this day in music history. We start in 1995, with Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, singing the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series in Cleveland. LeeAnn Rimes belts her version out in San Francisco, on this day in 2002, James Taylor does the Anthem and “America The Beautiful” at Fenway Park, on this day in 2013, and Little Big Town take their turn, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, on this day in 2014.
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