Today In Music History 03/23/18

Hall & Oates, McCartney, Elton John, and U2 Today in Music History

March 23, 2018
Christie Brinkley

Photo Credit: Brian Zak/Sipa Press

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We start on this day in 1973, when Paul McCartney & Wings release "My Love." The song would go on to hit #1 and stayed there for four weeks.

Hall & Oates release the song "She's Gone"  on this day in 1974. It peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. They would re-release the song in 1976, after the success of "Sara Smile," and get all the way to #7.

On this day in 1979, the boys from Van Halen release their second album, "Van Halen II." It's the album that featured the songs "Dance The Night Away" and "Beautiful Girls." It has sold over 5 million copies here in the US.

On this day in 1980, U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album, which would do great in the rest of the world, selling over 3 1/2 million copies. They didn't end up charting here in the US, until 1983, when they hit #53 with "New Years Day."

On this day in 1985, Billy Joel marries model Christie Brinkley, on a boat moored right next to the Statue of Liberty. They had a daughter, Alexa Ray, before divorcing in 1994.

And finally, it was on this day in 1991, that Elton John joined George Michael onstage at London's Wembley Arena for a duet of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." This "live" version was recorded, released as a single, and topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic the following December.