Today in Music History 05.21.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 21, 2018
PAULA ABDUL

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On this day in 1966, five juniors from Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey perform at their prom as the Castiles. It was their first performance together, on lead vocals, Mr. Bruce Springsteen.

Elton John became the first rock star to perform in Moscow. It happened on this day in 1979. He played 8 nights there and went on to tour the rest of Russia.
 
On this day in 1983, David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Dance', featuring guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. Nile Rodgers of Chic produced the track and played rhythm guitar.
 
On this day in 1989, "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul was the #1 song. It was the second of four #1 singles from her debut album. At the time, that was a record.

On this day in 1994, All-4-One hits #1 on the Hot 100 with "I Swear." The group is playing gigs at Disneyland when the song tops the chart; it stays at #1 for 11 weeks. It was also a #1 country song for John Michael Montgomery.

And finally, it was on this day in 2008, that Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over a decades-long scam that swindled thousands of investors out of their life savings. Some of his victims were his own family members. He passed away in 2016 while serving his sentence.