Today In Music History 08/14/18

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August 14, 2018
The Foo Fighters

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It was on this day in 1962, that it The Beatles decided to make a change. Brian Epstein and the other three members agreed to sack Pete Best as drummer. He played his last gig the following night at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Ringo took over on August 18th.

On this day in 1965, Sonny & Cher, hit #1 on the Hot 100 with "I Got You Babe." It would keep that spot for three weeks and be a million seller.

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart releases "Maggie May." Well, not really. His record company released "Reason To Believe," with "Maggie May" on the B-side. Radio stations started playing "Maggie May" more and the song took off, not only hitting #1, but being the #2 song of the year for 1971.

On this day in 1985, Michael Jackson, on advice from Paul McCartney to get in the publishing business, put up $47.5 million to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalogue. With it, he secured the rights to more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. Sony has since bought out the 50% owned by the Estate of Michael Jackson, but due to US Copyright rules Sir Paul can claim his music back starting this year. His plan is underway as we speak.

And, it was on this day in 1995, that the Foo Fighters made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing their new song "This Is A Call."