Today in Music History 05.15.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 15, 2018
Janet Jackson

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On this day in 1970, The Carpenters released the song "(They Long To Be) Close To You." It would be there breakthrough hit, reaching #1 and staying there for four weeks.

They sang backup for Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop, but on this day in 1973 they made their concert debut as their own act. I am talking about the one and only Pointer Sisters. They would hit the top 10 seven times between 1978 and 1984.

On this day in 1982 "Ebony And Ivory," by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks. It was McCartney's 24th #1 here in the US as a songwriter.

Let's jump to this day in 1986. Run-DMC release their Raising Hell album, featuring the groundbreaking rap reworking of "Walk This Way," that featured new vocals from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry playing guitar. It also featured "It's Tricky" and "You Be Illin.'"

Janet Jackson started a eight week run at No.1, on this day in 1993, with "That's The Way Love Goes," her sixth number one here in the states.

And on this day in 2009, Randy Bachman, a founding member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor. He is also two time Canadian Hall of Famer.