Today in Music History, July 8

1956 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley & His Comets. The song is the opening theme for the film “The Blackboard Jungle,” starring Glenn Ford.  From This Day in Rock.com

 

And just because:

1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Afternoon Delight,” Starland Vocal Band. The song’s title is taken from a menu at a Washington, D.C., restaurant. From This Day in Rock.com (extra points if you can make it through the whole video)

 

 

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Today in Music History July 7

1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Born In The USA’. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. Its also one of three albums (Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles.  From This Day in Music.com

Bonus points if you can name all seven top 10 singles.  I’ll give you one:

Today in Music History July 6

HT This Day in Music.com1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.

 

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