The Doors release their self-titled debut album, featuring their #1 song “Light My Fire,” on this day in 1967. It ranks #42 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
On this day in 1972, Yes release the song “Roundabout.” It’s considered the breakthrough song for the band and their biggest chart song until “Owner of A Lonely Heart.”
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods performed on “American Bandstand,” on this day in 1975, singing the song “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero.” The song sold over 3 million copies, hit #1 for one week and was the 21st biggest song of the year.
On this day in 1986, after a long battle with addiction, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott dies at age 36.
We go to this day in 2001, and right here in Florida. Vanilla Ice spends the night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair. He explained to police that he’d been trying to prevent her from jumping out of their truck’s window at the time. He was released from jail on $3,500 bail the following morning.
We end today in music history with a couple of sad notes. On this day in 2011 we lose singer Gerry Rafferty. He was part of the group Steelers Wheel (Stuck In The Middle With You) and had a nice solo career with his multi-platinum album City to City, which featured the top five single “Baker Street.”
And finally, it was another loss on this day in 2013, as Sammy Johns passed away at 66. He was best known for his Top Five hit “Chevy Van.”
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