Today In Music History 05/28/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

May 28, 2018

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On this day in 1966, Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US chart with "When A Man Loves A Woman."  Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. Percy Sledge literally freestyled most of the lyrics. The song is listed as #53 on Rolling Stone Magazines Top 500 songs of all time.

The guys that would later become The Police, got together for the first time, on this day in 1977. Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played as part of Mike Howlett's band, Strontium 90 in Paris France. They have gone on to sell more than a hundred million records worldwide.

Rocky III hits theaters on this day in 1982. Sylvester Stallone tried to get permission to use the song "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen for the theme song, but was turned down. He then asked the band Survivor to write him a song and they came up with "Eye of the Tiger." It would hold the #1 spot for 6 weeks and be the #2 song of the year for 1982.

Irene Cara hit #1 on this day in 1983 with "Flashdance...What A Feeling." The song would stay at #1 for 6 weeks.

On this day in that same year, Apple's Steve Wozniak hosts the second US Festival, intending it to be the "Super Bowl of rock." The lineup is even more impressive than that of its 1982 predecessor, and the attendance is substantially larger. Wozniak splurges on David Bowie with two million dollars of his own money, simply because he "really loves him." Let's jam the boys from Van Halen from the festival for you.

On this day in 1988, George Michael's "One More Try" tops the Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. It was the 5th single and 4th #1 for George Michael from his album "Faith."

And finally, it was on this day in 2000, that Britney Spears hit #1 on the US album chart with "Oops!... I Did It Again." The singer's second album also reached No.1 in thirteen other countries and if you take her first and second albums together, they have sales of almost 50 million copies world wide.