Today In Music History 03/26/18

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March 26, 2018
Duran Duran

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On this day in 1969, Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." The song had already hit #1 in the US, where it enjoyed a seven week run, the version by Gladys Knight and the Pips made it to #2 in 1967.

"Rich Girl" hits #1 on this day in 1977, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100. Rich Girl spent three weeks in the top spot and was actually written about a guy not a girl.

Thanks to heavy rotation on MTV, on this day in 1983, Duran Duran had their first American hit when "Hungry Like The Wolf" hit #3 on the Hot 100. On that same day in the UK they hit #1 with "Is There Something I should Know." They were also greeted by almost 5000 fans at a record store in NYC.

On this day in 1987, Nike begins airing a commercial using the Beatles song "Revolution," marking the first time an original version of a Beatles song is used in an ad.

On this day in 1988, "Man In The Mirror" becomes the fourth of a record five #1's from Michael Jackson's Bad album. The song was co-written by Siedah Garrett, who sang with Michael on "I just Can't Stop Loving you."

And finally, it was on this day in 2005, that Paul Hester, the drummer for Crowded House, commits suicide at age 46. He was also the drummer for the band Split Enz, who had a marginal hit here in the US with the song "I Got You," a song that went #1 in their home country of New Zealand and also in Australia.