It was on this day in 1956 that “The Wizard of Oz,” was shown on television for the first time. CBS-TV paid MGM $225,000 for the rights to televise the film and to re-broadcast it if the telecast was a success.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded the song “Michelle.” It took nine hours, including overdubs. In 1999, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) named “Michelle” the 42nd most performed song of the 20th Century.
James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge, in her Manhattan apartment, on this day in 1972. They divorced in 1983, but still perform together on occasion.
On this day in 1973, Daryl Hall and John Oates released their second album, “Abandoned Luncheonette,” containing their first hit single, “She’s Gone.”
On this day in 1983 “Islands In The Stream” by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton was the #1 song.
“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice hits #1 in the US, on this day in 1990, marking the first time a rapper has topped the chart.
It was this day in 1995, when Hootie & the Blowfish, settled out of court with Bob Dylan. The song “Only Want To Be With You” refers to a slew of Dylan lyrics. He saw this as more plagiarism than tribute and sued the band. The amount of the settlement was never disclosed.
And finally, for your Friday, it was on this day in 2006, that Donny Osmond made a guest appearance on “All My Children.”
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