Today in Music History 07.02.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

July 2, 2018
AXL ROSE

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All kinds of stuff for you Today in Music History.

We start on this day in 1969, when Mountain forms in Long Island with former Vagrants member Leslie West at the helm. Their song "MIssissippi Queen" only peaked at #21, but is considered a rock & roll classic.

On this day in 1971, the band Queen appeared at Surrey College in England. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. The band has sold almost 200 million records to date.

The second Prince movie, Under the Cherry Moon, hits theaters, on this day in 1986. This time around, it was Prince, putting himself in the directors chair. The movie placed second on it's opening weekend, but only scratched 10 million in domestic box office.

Axl Rose loses it, on this day in 1991, at a Guns N' Roses show in St. Louis. He becomes irate when he sees someone in the crowd taking pictures, and he leaves the stage, announcing, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home." A riot follows, and the band's equipment is destroyed.

It was it the legendary Michael Jackson that became the first artist to have five  #1 singles off the same album when "Dirty Diana" hits the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, on this day in 1988. The album was "Bad" and so far only one other artist has ever equalled that accomplishment and that is Katy Perry when she sent five songs to #1 from her album "Teenage Dream."