Today In Music History 08/13/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

August 12, 2018


We start on this day in 1966, "Summer In The City" by The Lovin' Spoonful hits #1 for the first of three weeks, becoming the first chart-topper with street sounds in the song. One of the sounds is the horn of a Volkswagon Beetle.

On this day 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album, Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd. It's an impressive set, containing the Skynyrd classics "Tuesday's Gone," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird." Not their biggest seller, but an album that defined Southern Rock and the band.

KC and the Sunshine Band had five #1 songs here in the US, but only 1 No.1 in the UK, and it happened on this day in 1983, when "Give it Up" hit the top spot. It would spend three weeks at #1. The song only managed a #18 over here.

Robert Smith of The Cure married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Poole, on this day in 1988. Poole appeared in the "Just Like Heaven" video and inspired the hit "Lovesong."

And finally, it was on this day in 1994, that The Cranberries make an appearance at Woodstock '94. They entertain the crowd with their forthcoming single "Zombie" and a rendition of the Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You." Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were also there and ticket prices ran about $135.