Today in Music History 04/02/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 2, 2018
Fleetwood Mac

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The Beach Boys record "I Get Around," on this day in 1964, which becomes their first US No.1. That same day they fire their manager, who is also three of the members' father, Murry Wilson. They were not happy with his unwelcome critiques at their recording sessions.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac hits No.1 on the US album chart with Rumours. The album is Fleetwood Mac's most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1989 "The Look" by Roxette was the #1 song. It topped the charts in 25 different countries and was the first of four number one's in-a-row for Roxette.

Sad news from this day in 1998. Rob Pilatus, one half of pop duo Milli Vanilli was found dead in a Frankfurt Hotel room, after taking a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol. Milli Vanilli won the Grammy Award for best new artist with hits like "Blame it on the Rain" and "Girl, You Know It's True." They sold 30 million singles and 14 million albums, only to have their Grammy Award stripped away, when it was found that neither member of the group actually sang on any of the songs.

On this day in 2003, we lose singer Edwin Starr, who is best known for his #1 song "War." He died at the age of 61 from a heart attack, while taking a bath at his home in England.

And finally, on this day in 2006 Gnarls Barkley's makes history in the UK with his song "Crazy." It becomes the country's first-ever #1 single to top the chart solely on download sales.