Today In Music History 06/18.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

June 18, 2018
Paul McCartney

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Happy birthday to Sir Paul McCartney. Acording to Forbes, he is the richest musician in the world with an estimated worth of $1.2 Billion. He's written or co-written 32 #1 songs and is an 18 time Grammy Award winner.

On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys release "Wouldn't It Be Nice" with my favorite Beach Boy song as the B side "God Only Knows." The song would peak at #8 on the Hot 100 and feature no Beach Boys playing instruments, just the vocals.

On this day in 1976, ABBA give a special live performance in Stockholm for Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on the eve of his wedding.

Fleetwood Mac hit No.1 on this day in 1977 with "Dreams." It would be the group's only #1 song. Stevie Nicks has stated that she wrote the song in about 10 minutes.

On this day in 2002, Billy Joel checks into an alcohol rehabilitation center in Connecticut for a ten-day stay. He had other stints in rehab, but still enjoys his booze. When asked about his lack of new songs, he simply says "I don't want to write new music, but I'm glad I wrote what I did."

And it was on this day in 2011, that we lost Clarence Clemons, the extraordinary saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He suffered a stroke and dies at age 69. He is replaced in the band by his nephew, Jake Clemons.