Let’s start with a couple of birthdays to kick off Today in Music History. Lovely Katy Perry is turning 33, lead singer of the band Yes, Jon Anderson, is 73 and “I am Woman” Helen Reddy, is 76.
On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show , performing “Around And Around” and “Time Is On My Side.” A riot broke out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones made five more appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
On this day in 1968, The Temptations released the song “Cloud Nine.”
Wings release “Junior’s Farm,” on this day in 1974. It was recorded in Nashville, while Paul and Linda McCartney were staying at the farm of songwriter Curly Putman, Jr., which is how they came up with the title.
On this day the very next year (1975) Paul Simon releases his fourth solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years, featuring on of my favorite Paul Simon songs, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” The album hits #1, Simon’s first to do so.
On this day in 1986, for the first time in chart history, the top three spots were held by solo female artists: Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” was #1, followed by Tina Turner’s “Typical Male” and Janet Jackson’s “When I Think Of You.”
And finally, it was on this day in 2011, that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in a shower during a stay in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth. A local dentist repairs Steven’s mouth and he performs with Aerosmith the next day.
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