Today In Music History 04/03/18

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April 3, 2018
Paul McCartney

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On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors turned himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He was charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami a month earlier. He was released on $2000 bail. He was later convicted, but died before he served any time. He was pardoned 39 years later.
 
The Temptations hit #1 on this day in 1971 with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me.)" The song would hold the top spot for 2 weeks and was the groups third #1.

Steve Miller was arrested at his home on this day in 1975, for an altercation with a party guest, allegedly setting fire to her clothes and personal effects. Miller made matters worse when police arrived by resisting arrest. Charges were dropped the following day.

Have you've ever wondered what the first song with disco in the title was to hit #1? It happened on this day in 1976, when Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hit #1. It would hold the top spot for four weeks and sell more than 2 million copies.

On this day in 1989, Pepsi-Cola dismissed Madonna as a spokesperson, after her "Like a Prayer" video was called "blasphemous" by the Vatican. She did get paid $5 million and that was not given back. She has been known to post photos on her instagram drinking Coke.

And it was on this day in 1991, that Paul McCartney taped an episode of MTV's acoustic music program "Unplugged." The performance was released as Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) the next month and fueled public response for more artists to go "Unplugged." MTV has credited Paul for making the feature a staple of the network.