Today In Music History 08/16/18

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August 16, 2018
ARETHA FRANKLIN

Elaine Cromie-USA TODAY NETWORK

August 16th will always be one of music's most historically filled days and has just added to it's ledger of musical importance.

Today in Music History starts with the passing of a legend, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She won 18 Grammy Awards, was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold over 75 million records. She may have been the greatest female singer ever.

This also happens to be the day that The King passed away. It was on this day in 1977 that we lost Elvis. He was 42 when he died, and even at that young age, is still the best selling solo artist of all time. He may have been the greatest male singer ever.

This day in 1986 marks the return of of Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen. After losing his left arm in a car accident 20 months earlier, he took the stage with his bandmates at the Monsters of Rock festival in England.

This also happens to be Madonna's 60th birthday. Her many accolades include being the best selling female artist of all time, and second to only The Beatles, when it comes to success on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

This day also marks the first official time the Jackson 5 perform live, opening for Diana Ross in 1968.

This is also the day that Peter Gabriel quit Genesis. That happened on this day in 1975 and after auditioning more than 400 singers, the band settled on thier own drummer Phil Collins.