Today In Music History 04/26/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

April 26, 2018
Sammy Hagar

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On this day in 1969, "Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers enters the Hot 100 at #72, becoming the first pure gospel song to make the chart. It would end up making it all the way to #4.

B.J. Thomas hits #1 on this day in 1975, with what would become the longest title of a #1 song in Billboard chart history. "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." That record still stands.

On this day in 1977, the doors opened for the most famous club of the disco era, Studio 54, at 254 West 54th Street in New York City. Over the next three years, it was a non stop parade of celebrities, disco and debauchery. The song by Chic "Le Freak" was inspired by the night that Nile Rodgers was turned away at the door.

Let's jump to this day in 1982, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Rod was not injured during the incident, but was requested to start the car when the thief was unable to figure out how. Rod also had a Viper stolen from him in 2004.

And on this day in 1986, Van Halen proves there is life after David Lee Roth as their album 5150, the first with Sammy Hagar, hits #1 in the US for the first of three weeks. It was the first #1 album for Van Halen, 1984 had peaked at #2 on the album chart.