The Beatles released their “Rubber Soul” album here in States on this day in 1965. In a discussion about what song to release as a single, John Lennon wanted “Day Tripper,” the other 3 Beatles thought “We Can Work It Out” was a more commercial song. As a result, the single was marketed as the first “double A-side.”
On this day in 1969 “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam was the #1 song. Gary DeCarlo is the vocalist on the song, but did not like it at the time, and when the record company insisted it be an A side release, DeCarlo wanted it done under an assumed name. That’s how Steam was born.
The Grass Roots were guests on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” on this day in 1970, performing a medley of their hits “Midnight Confessions,” “Let’s Live For Today,” and “Temptation Eyes.”
On this day in 1971, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” was released here in North America. The song is credited to John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir.
On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne releases Running On Empty, a live album compiled from performances at various stops on his summer tour. Live albums usually focus on the live versions of big hits by that artist, but this one featured all new songs, making it the first major rock album to do so.
On this day in 1986, Swedish groug Europe, hit No.1 in 25 countries with their anthem “The Final Countdown.” The song’s lyrics were inspired by David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.”
It was on this day in 1988, that we lost the great Roy Orbison. He had returned home to rest and recover from touring and had a fatal heart attack. He died at age 52.
And we finish up on this day in 1995, when Coolio wins Single Of The Year at the Billboard Music Awards with “Gangsta’s Paradise.” In case you are wondering, Coolio’s song samples Stevie Wonder’s song “Pastime Paradise.”
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