Today in Music History 03.29.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

March 29, 2018
Brian Johnson

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On this day in 1973, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group's recording, "The Cover of Rolling Stone," reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week before. Here's the funny. The song wasn't written by anybody in the band.

Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" hits #1 on this day in 1975. Translation of the most famous line in the song, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir," is "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" Labelle's version is actually a cover, the original is done by Kenny Nolan's group called Eleventh Hour.

On this day in 1980, Brian Johnson of the band Geordie gets a new, slightly more high-profile gig: replacing the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson's first album with the band is "Back In Black,"  which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1982, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release their duet "Ebony and Ivory." The song would spend 7 weeks at #1, the most for Stevie Wonder and the second most for McCartney. ("Hey Jude" spent nine weeks at #1)
 
On this day in 1986, Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus," with verses in Austrian, hits #1 in America. Falco would be the first German speaking artist to hit #1. The song "99 Luftballons" by Nena peaked at #2.
 
On this day in 1998, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith was the #1 song. The song you hear in the back round is "He's The Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge. The song spent three weeks at #1 and won a Grammy Award.