Today in Music History 05/23/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 23, 2018

© Anthony Behar

On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney's debut solo album, McCartney, started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart. Apart from Linda McCartney's vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo. The album's first release was "Another Day," but also featured the song "Maybe I'm Amazed." The original version was never released, but a live recording made by his band Wings would hit #10 in 1977. 

Elton John did it first. On this day in 1975, he released "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy." It was the first album to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release, and the first album to debut at #1, where it stayed for seven weeks. Here's the iconic "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" from the album.

On this day in 1977, Jefferson Starship cancelled a planned free concert in Golden Gate Park, after San Francisco banned electric instruments from all free outdoor concerts. Inspired in part by this event, the band with help from some friends wrote the song "We Built This City," which would hit #1 eight years later.

And finally, on this day in 2010, Bret Michaels of Poison wins Season 9 of Donald Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice.