Today in Music History 08/06/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

August 5, 2018

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" for the first time on TV, on this day in 1960, when he does it on American Bandstand. The song goes to #1 and starts a huge dance craze.

On this day in 1974, ABBA scored their first hit record here in the US when "Waterloo"went to No.6. The original title of the song was "Honey Pie."

On this day in 1981, Stevie Nicks releases her first solo album, Bella Donna. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Tom Petty was the 25th song played on MTV's first day. The album has sold around 5 million copies in the US.

Two huge events on this day in 1988. The first is the premier of Yo! MTV Raps with Run-DMC hosting the pilot episode.

The other is Guns N' Roses finally hitting #1 with "Appetite for Destruction." The album had been on the charts for 57 weeks and is now the biggest selling debut album in US history. Worldwide sales stand in excess of 28 million, #2 on the best selling debut album list goes to Boston, who have sold over 17 million copies of their first album. 

And it was on this day in 2004, that we lost Rick James. He was 56 at the time and died of a myriad of health problems, including heart issues, diabetes and stroke.