Today in Music History 06/01/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

June 1, 2018
Joan Jett

Photo by Daniel DeSlover/imageSPACE

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones released the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The song was inspired by Keith Richards' gardener named Jack.

Pink Floyd began recording "Dark Side Of The Moon," on this day in 1972. The first track recorded was "Us and Them." The album would go on to sell more than 45 million copies and stayed on the chart of 741 weeks( that's over four years.)

Written especially for the James Bond flick and reuniting Beatle's producer George Martin with Sir Paul McCartney, it was on this day in 1973, that Paul's band Wings released the song "Live and Let Die." It would peak at #2 and be the most successful Bond theme until Duran Duran took "A View To A Kill" to #1.

On this this day in 1976, The Runaways released their self titled debut album. It got great reviews from the critics, but only peaked at #194. The band, however, were hugely successful in Japan, hitting the #1 spot with their single "Cherry Bomb."

Prince & The Revolution hit #1, on this day in 1985, with their album Around The World In A Day. That's the one that featured "Raspberry Beret" and "Pop Life," which featured Miss Sheila E. on drums.

And sad news closes out Today In Music History. It was on this day in 1991, that David Ruffin, co-lead vocalist of the Temptations for five years, died of a cocaine overdose at age 50. He took over lead vocals for the Temps on their signature song "My Girl."