If you’ve ever wondered how some songs get recorded over others, here’s a great story. Mark Farner, lead singer of Grand Funk, comes strolling into the studio humming the song “The Loco-motion.” It was two hours later, on this day in 1974, that the Grand Funk version was completed. The song went #1 on the chart.
Speaking of charts, it was on this day in 1975, that “Laughter In The Rain” by Neil Sedaka hit #1. It was Neil’s first No.1 since 1962.
2 years later (1977) the #1 song on the radio, on this day, was Rose Royce’s “Car Wash.” It was knocked out of the #1 spot the very next week by the song “Torn Between Two Lovers.”
On this day in 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” That become the inspiration for the song by The Boomtown Rats.
Stevie Nicks got married, on this day in 1983, to record exec Kim Anderson, in a union she later describes as “a terrible, terrible mistake.” The marriage lasted one year.
And finally, it was on this day in 1989, that Billy Joel sang the National Anthem at Superbowl XXIII in Miami. The 49er’s won the game and Jerry Rice was the MVP.
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