Today In Music History 10.15.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

October 15, 2018
UB40 Ali Campbell

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On this day in 1968, Stevie Wonder releases the song "For Once In My Life." It would go on to hit #2 on the Hot 100.

Debby Boone started a 10 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "You Light Up My Life," on this day in 1977, setting a record for longest stay at #1. That record would be tied by Olivia Newton-John in 1980 with "Physical" and then broken by All-4-One in 1994 with "I Swear," which held the No.1 position for 11 weeks. The current record is held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men at 16 weeks with "One Sweet Day."

On that same day in 1977, Paul Simon releases one of my favorite songs of his "Slip Slidin' Away."

4 years after it's original release, UB40 hit #1 with their version of the Neil Diamond song "Red Red Wine." Lead singer Ali Campbell says that they always knew it as a reggae song and had no idea Diamond wrote it. 

On this day in 1995, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons where they help Lisa become a vegetarian. Paul explains that if you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwards, you'll hear a recipe for lentil soup.

And it was on this day in 2000, that U2 would get their fourth UK No.1 with "Beautiful Day." The song would peak at #21 here in the US.