Today In Music History 04/24/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 24, 2018
Tom Petty

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On this day in 1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Game Of Love." Shortly after that, Wayne would leave the group, and The Mindbenders would hit #2 with "Groovy Kind Of Love."

On this day in 1975, it was Pete Ham joining the 27 club. Ham came to prominence as lead singer of Badfinger. He also co-wrote the song "Without You," that Harry Nillson took to #1 (The Mariah Carey version peaked at #3.) Ham hanged himself one month before his daughter was born.

On this day in 1979, Ray Charles sings "Georgia On My Mind" at a ceremony, where it is named the official state song of Georgia.

Tom Petty releases his first solo album, "Full Moon Fever." on this day in 1989. The album was originally rejected by his record label, but they luckily finally agreed to release it. "Full Moon Fever" has gone on to sell more than 5 million copies in the US alone.
 
 On this day in 2012, The Beach Boys began their 50th Reunion Tour. They also unveiled a clip of "That's Why God Made The Radio," their first new song in two decades and the first single from their reunion album. The reunion tour featured Brian Wilson back with Mike Love and other original Beach Boys.