Today In Music History 10/04/18

Music Knowledge from Domino

October 4, 2018
Michael Stipe

Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles, after a heroin overdose. She was just 27. Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians and has sold over 15 million albums here in the US.

On this day in 1980, Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" hits #1 and stays there for three weeks. Queen only decided to release the song as a single at the request of Michael Jackson. He said it sounded like a number one song.

Talk about inspiration for a song....on this day in 1986, newsman Dan Rather is attacked by a man who hits him from behind and repeats the phrase "Kenneth, what is the frequency," prompting REM to write the song "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"

We go to this day in 1996, the movie That Thing You Do!, withTom Hanks, who plays the manager of fictional '60s band The Wonders, is released here in the US.The title track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for the band Fountains of Wayne.

And I saw these guys many times at the Hippiefest in Daytona. 4 years ago today we lost Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere And The Raiders, who died following a battle with cancer. The Raiders had 15 Top 40 hits in a ten year span including some of my faves, "Kicks" and "Good Thing."