Today In Music History 05/02/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 2, 2018

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We start on this day in 1969, when the Beatles laid down 36 takes of the main parts of their recording of "Something," George Harrison's composition about Pattie Boyd. 

8 years later in 1977, Eric Clapton recorded "Wonderful Tonight," one of his songs for Pattie Boyd, who he would marry in 1979, with George Harrison in attendance. 

Scottish singer Sheena Easton started a two week run at No.1, on this day in 1981, with her song 'Morning Train (9 to 5)." The song title was actually changed to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" which had hit number one earlier in the year.

Your #1 song on this day in 1987, was by the Cutting Crew, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms." The song title is a veiled reference of a sexual experience the lead singer had with his girlfriend at the time.

On this day in 1989, Michael Jackson, wearing a wig and fake moustache, enteres a Zales jewelry store in Simi Valley, California. Security finds him suspicious and calls the police, who show up to explain that you shouldn't wear a disguise to a jewelry store.

And it was on this day in 2004, that the readers of Total Guitar Magazine voted Guns N' Roses' anthem "Sweet Child O' Mine" as the greatest guitar riff ever, ahead of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" came in third, followed by Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water."