Today In Music History 04/13/2018

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 13, 2018
Steven Tyler

(Photo by Anthony Behar)

On this day in 1965, the Beatles recorded the John Lennon composition "Help!" in 12 takes. On that same day, they also picked up their first Grammy Award for the song "A Hard Days Night."
 
Mark this down as the day that reggae music was heard by the world. It was on this day in 1973, that The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, release their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. It is regarded as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time and features the killer tune "Stir It Up," written by Marley, made famous by Johnny Nash.
 
The year is 1974 and Elton John rules the charts. "Bennie And The Jets" would hit #1, on this day, and also chart on the soul chart at #15. The acceptance of "Bennie" on R&B radio helped land John a guest appearance on Soul Train, where he played "Bennie and the Jets" and "Philadelphia Freedom".
 
The Gap Band and Los Lobos are the musical guests on American Bandstand on this day in 1985.
 
The first Aerosmith Day was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on this day in 1993, after the band were given their very own holiday.
 
And finally it was time for Billy's Uptown Girl to leave her man. On this day in 1994, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced they were separating after nine years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized four months later.