Today In Music History 07/16/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

July 16, 2018
ROB THOMAS

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It was on this day in 1962, that The Beach Boys get signed to Capitol Records. Two months later they would release their first single, "Surfin' Safari." The song would peak at #14. I had the 45, and the B-side was "409."

Smokey Robinson performed his final show with The Miracles, on this day in 1972, at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, DC. The MIracles were Motown's first group, had 16 top 20 singles and two #1's.

On this day in 1977, Shaun Cassidy hits #1 with his cover of The Crystal's "Da Doo Ron Ron." The song would sell over a million copies too.

On this day in 1981, after suffering a heart attack while driving on a New York expressway, singer-songwriter Harry Chapin was in a fatal car crash and died at just 38. Chapin was best known for his timeless song "Cats In The Cradle," which peaked at #1 and sold over 2 million copies. 

And finally, it was on this day in 2000, that Matchbox Twenty took over the No.1 spot on the charts with the song "Bent." It was the lead single from their second album Mad Season. Compared to their first album, which sold over 12 million copies, Mad Season was a bit of a disappointment, but did manage sales of over 4 million, which I think any singer or band would be ecstatic to sell.