On this day in 1973, Aerosmith was the guest on “American Bandstand,” where they performed “Dream On.” I couldn’t find the video for that performance, so I found the one on the Midnight that I saw as a young man.

It was on this day in 1977, just two days before they were scheduled to appear on “Saturday Night Live,” that the Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the United States. The Pistols’ visas were refused because the band’s members – Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Paul Cook and Steve Jones – reportedly had criminal records ranging from drug arrests to attempted auto theft and assault on a police officer.

The Buggles song “Video Killed The Radio Star” reached its US chart peak of #40, on this day in 1979. On August 1, 1981, it becomes the first music video played on MTV. People show up at record stores looking for the song, only to be told it is not in stock anymore.

On this day in 1984, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid debuted on the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at there for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million.

Rod Stewart married his second wife, model Rachel Hunter, on this day in 1990. Stewart was quoted as saying, “I found the girl that I want. I won’t be putting my banana in anybody else’s fruit bowl from now on.” The couple separated in 1999 and divorced in 2006. Rod had already taken up with his new fruit bowl, Penny Lancaster. They were married in 2007.

And here’s a head scratcher for you. It was on this day in 2008, that Madonna paid her former husband Guy Ritchie $75 million, as part of the settlement in their divorce that was finalized three weeks earlier.

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