Today in Music History 06.25.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

June 25, 2018
MICHAEL JACKSON

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Unbelievable music history today. 

First off, one of my favorite singers ever was born on this day in 1963, George Michael, who we lost Christmas day 2016.

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On this day in 1967, to a world wide audience of close to 400 million people, in 25 different countries, The Beatles premiere "All You Need Is Love." 

The Hollies record "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" on this day in 1969. The track features Elton John on piano. The song would peak at # 7 for the Hollies. A version by Neil Diamond would chart at #20.

It was on this day in 1984, that Prince releases his sixth studio album Purple Rain, the first to feature his band the Revolution. The first two singles from the album, "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" would hit #1, and were hits around the world, while the title track went to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's the third best selling soundtrack of all time behind "Saturday Night Fever" and "The Bodyguard."

We roll to 1988, when Debbie Gibson went No.1 with "Foolish Beat." At age 17, she became the youngest female to write, produce and record a #1 song.

And finally, it was on this day in 2009, that fifty-year-old Michael Jackson was found dead in the house he was renting. MJ had 13 #1 singles here in the US, more than any other male artist, the best selling album of all time with "Thriller," won 24 American Music Awards, most of any artist, and contributed to 39 different charities, which is also a record.