Today in Music History 04/23/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 23, 2018
Joan Jett

Photo by Daniel DeSlover/imageSPACE

We start on this day in 1965, when The Four Tops release one of the most famous songs of all time "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)." With Levi Stubbs on lead vocals, the song would hit #1 on the Pop chart and #1 on the soul chart.

On this day in 1973, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando & Dawn was the #1 song. It went #1 in seven other countries as well, and was the #1 song of 1973.

On this day in 1977, it was Joan Jett appearing at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles. Her opeining act was Blondie.

On this day in 1983, "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners goes to #1 in the US. They are one hit wonders here in the US, but are far more successful in the UK, where among their hits is the #1 song called "Geno." Since it never made it over here, let's give it a listen.

On this day in 1988, Whitney Houston broke the chart record held by the Beatles and the Bee Gees when "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" became her seventh consecutive single to top the Billboard Hot 100. That record still stands.

And finally, it was on this day in 2008, that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was pulled over the prior month in Laguna Beach with his daughter and her friend in the car. He left Bon Jovi in 2013.