Today In Music History 10.18.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

October 18, 2018
Rocky Horror

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We start on this day in 1969, with The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You" hitting #1 for the first of two weeks. It was their 2nd #1 after "My Girl."

Music historians refer to this event as the "Grits Incident." It happened on this day in 1974.  Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grits over him. She then went in the other room, grabbed Green's gun, and took her own life. Al Green thought the incident was a message from God and started his journey on becoming a minister.

Let's roll to 1979, when Buggles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Video Killed The Radio Star." The song would only peak at #40 here in the US, but became an instant cult classic, when MTV aired it as it's first video. 

On this day in 1989, Guns N' Roses were performing in L.A. as the opening act for The Rolling Stones. Live from the stage Axl Rose announces to the audience, "Unless certain people in this band get their s--t together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll f--king ever see. Cause I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Brownstone." That referring to some band members addiction to Heroine.

And finally, it was on this day in 1991, that the city of Los Angeles declared it "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day," in honor of the 1975 cult classic film.