Today in Music History begins and ends with The Beatles, kind of…..
On this day in 1966, The Fab Four release the song “Nowhere Man,” here in the US. It would reach #3 and sell over a million copies.
We jump to this day in 1970, when The Jackson 5 made their television debut on “American Bandstand,” lip-syncing “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”
The Four Seasons had their only #1 in the UK, on this day in 1976, with “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).” It had already hit #1 here in the states, making it the 5th chart topper for the group.
On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon’s “Hi Infidelity,” displaces John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” as the #1 album in the US.
Metallica released their third album, Master of Puppets, on this day in 1986. This was the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton who was killed when the group’s tour bus over-turned in southern Sweden. Master of Puppets is considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time.
On this day in 1987, twenty-six years after becoming a hit in America, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” goes #1 in the UK following its release in the movie of the same name. It also cracked the top 10 here in the US, during the movie’s run at the theaters.
And finally, it was on this day in 1990, that Paul McCartney was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, perhaps to make up for the paltry four awards they gave to The Beatles while they were still active.