Today In Music History 08/17/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

August 17, 2018

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

On this day in 1968, The Rascals hit No.1 on the Hot 100 with their anthem, "People Got To Be Free." The song would stick at the top for 5 weeks. The group had thirteen top 40 hits.

Your #1 song, on this day in 1974, was "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace. It was the follow up to their song "Billy Don't Be A Hero," which was made famous here in US by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods.

We go to this day in 1991. After inviting fans that had attended concerts the last couple of nights, Nirvana shoots their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The song goes into heavy rotation at MTV and takes the group mainstream, opening the doors for the grunge movement.

Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after an apparent suicide attempt, on this day in 1995. Police had found him at his Los Angeles home with a two-inch laceration on his wrist.

On this day in 1998, Carlos Santana is awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that same year.

And finally, we have some birthdays. Happy Birthday to Kevin Rowland of Dexy's Midnight Runners, Belinda Carlisle, and Donnie Wahlberg.