Today In Music History 05/08/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 8, 2018
The Backstreet Boys

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We start on this day in 1964, when The Beatles held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three No.1's in succession. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" for seven weeks, "She Loves You" for two weeks and "Can't Buy Me Love", for five weeks.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones, on their first American tour, make a stop in Jacksonville, Florida. In the audience is 17-year-old Ronnie Van Zant, who decides then and there that he wants to be a singer in a rock band. And now you know how Lynyrd Skynyrd came to be.

On this day in 1970 "ABC" by the Jackson 5 was the #1 song. It knocked "Let It Be" by the Beatles from the top spot.

Let's roll to this day in 1976. Steve Miller is in the studio recording "Take The Money And Run" and #1 on the Hot 100 is John Sebastian's "Welcome Back," the theme song to the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter.

More Florida news. On this day in 1993, the newly formed Backstreet Boys give their very first public performance, at SeaWorld Orlando as part of the grad night concerts.

And on that same day, Aerosmith entered the US album chart at No.1 with "Get A Grip." This was the album that featured "Crying" and "Crazy" and the debut of Liv Tyler in and Aerosmith video. The album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards.