Today In Music History 09/17/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

September 17, 2018
Scott Weiland and Slash

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On this day in 1973, Billy Joel records "Piano Man." It would become maybe his most iconic song, yet never even broke the top 20 on the Billboard chart, peaking at #25.

Let's go to this day in 1978. Queen stage a bicycle race with 65 naked models at Wimbledon stadium in England to provide the video and cover art for their "Bicycle Race" single. The rental company was reported to have requested payment for all the saddles when they found out how their bikes had been used.

Your #1 song on this day in 1984 was "Missing You" by John Waite. The song has some of it's roots in Waite's relationship with MTV's Nina Blackwood. He also lifts a line from a song he did with the Baby's called "Everytime I Think Of You."

Two totally separated albums on the same day from Guns N' Roses. It happened on this day in 1991. Instead of releasing a double album, which they decide would be too expensive for fans, Guns N' Roses issue both Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II on the same day. Both albums have gone on to sell over 7 million records, but week #1 was won by Use You Illusion II by 50,000 copies.

Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland marries his first wife, Janina Castaneda, on this day in 1994. They would divorce in 2000. The STP song "Sour Girl" is about her.