Today in Music History 07/09/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

July 9, 2018
Grateful Dead members

Photo by D. Ross Cameron/Oakland Tribune/MCT/Sipa USA

On this day in 1955, Bill Haley & His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" becomes the first Rock song to hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart, where it stays for eight weeks. 

On this day in 1968, The Beatles release "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-da," in countries all over the world, but not in the UK and not here in the US until 1976.

We go to 1977, when Elvis Costello quit his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician. We wish him all the luck in the world. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and had to cancel a slew of concerts to take treatment. We are behind you Elvis!

On that same day it was Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel" at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It will hold the position for one week.

The Police start an eight week run at No.1, on this day in 1983, with "Every Breath You Take." Sting would win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and The Police win for Best Pop Performance at the 1984 awards show.

This day in 1995 would mark the last time the Grateful Dead would play with Jerry Garcia. The concert was at Soldier Field in Chicago, Garcia passes away a month later.

Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, Marc Almond from Soft Cell, Jack White of the White Stripes, Courtney Love and the original singer for AC/DC, Bon Scott were all born on this day!