Today in Music History 04/16/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 16, 2018
Kurt Cobain

Frank Forcino/Sipa USA

On this day in 1966, Percy Sledge releases the song "When A Man Loves A Woman." It would hit #1 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B Chart. It was later ranked at #54 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

On this day in 1971,The Rolling Stones issue "Brown Sugar," the first release on their own label, Rolling Stones Records. Two different women have laid claim to being the inspiration for the song. Marsha Hunt, who is the mother of Jagger's first child, and a lady name Claudia Lennear, who was also involved with Mick at the time.

The first ever performance for Queen, here in the US, took place on this day in 1974. It happened at Regis College in Denver. Queen had just released their second album Queen II, but were still relatively unknown here in the states, so they took the gig as the opening act for Mott the Hoople.

David Soul, who at the time was attempting to get out of his contract on "Starskey and Hutch," gave us the song "Don't Give Up On Us." It would hit #1 on this day in 1977. It would also spend four weeks at #1 in th UK.

Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone on this day in 1992, with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck."

Paul McCartney headlined an Earth Day concert, on this day in 1993, featuring Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. McCartney had last performed there in 1965 with the Beatles.