Today In Music History 03/20/18

March 20, 2018
Neil Young

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On this day in 1972 "Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young was the #1 song. It would be Neil's only chart topper.

Let's jump to this day in 1982, when it was Buckner & Garcia on American Bandstand performing their hit single "Pac-Man Fever," the first successful song about a video game. It would hit #9 on the Hot 100 and sell over a million copies.

Speaking of American Bandstand, on this 1989, after 37 years with the program, Dick Clark announced his intention to discontinue hosting "American Bandstand" on ABC-TV. They tried to carry on with another host, but the series was soon cancelled.

Eric Clapton plays three songs on Saturday Night Live on this day in 1990. "Pretending," "No Alibis" and "Wonderful Tonight." It would be one year later, to the day, that he lost his 4 year old son Conor, who died after falling out of a window at his mother's apartment. Clapton writes "Tears In Heaven" for Conor. That song won three Grammy Awards and is Eric's best selling single of his career.

Also on this day in 1991, It was announced that Michael Jackson would sign a 15-year, 6-album record and film contract with Sony worth nearly $1 billion, the richest deal in recording history. (The Guinness Book of World Records reported that the contract actually was worth $890 million.) His first album under his new contract was Dangerous, also the first album with Epic, without Quincy Jones as producer.