On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to a new song called “Purple Haze,” while backstage following an afternoon show at the Uppercut Club in London.
On this day in 1967, The Monkees recorded “Valleri.” It would be the last of their six Top 10 singles.
Led Zeppelin’s first US tour began in Denver on this day in 1968. They were the opening act for Vanilla Fudge and tickets to the show were $5.
On this day in 1970, George Harrison started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “My Sweet Lord,”making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston.
Same day, same year, David Cassidy sang “I Think I Love You” on “American Bandstand.”
We bounce all the way to this day in 1981, when AC/DC hit No.1 on the US album chart with “For Those About To Rock We Salute You,” the follow-up to their highly successful album “Back In Black.” The album has sold about 7 million copies worldwide, compared to the 22 million of “Back in Black.”
“Faith” by George Michael was the #1 song on this day in 1987.
And it was seven years ago today that we lost Teena Marie, best known for her song “Lovergirl.” She played her own instruments, wrote and produced her own songs, and with her distinctive vocals earned the nickname the Ivory Queen of Soul. She was 54 when she died.
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