This Day in Music

August 15th


August 15

1995: Spanish Latin-pop duo Los del Rio release the single Macarena. The song inspires a dance craze and stays at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 1996. It stays on the chart for a total of 60 weeks, the longest run among #1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

1980George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to release an autobiography when his book I Me Mine is published.

1969: It’s day 1 of the Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. Acts appearing this day included Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Arlo Guthrie.  The CSN&Y song Woodstock commemorated the event.

1969: The Beatles record: Golden SlumbersCarry That WeightThe EndSomething and Here Comes The Sun.

1968: The Beatles record Rocky Raccoon

1965: The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York. It is probably The Beatles most famous concert.

1960Elvis Presley’s It’s Now Or Never is #1.

1948Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers is born.  He wrote and sang many of The Doobie Brothers’ hits including Listen to the MusicRockin’ Down the Highway and China Grove.

1925: Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson is born.  His Hymn To Freedom was one of the most important anthems of the civil rights movement.

Songs of The Day:

Macarena (Los del Rio); It’s Now Or Never (Elvis Presley); Listen To The Music (The Doobie Brothers); China Grove (The Doobie Brothers); I Me Mine (George Harrison); Woodstock (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young); Something (Beatles); Here Comes The Sun (Beatles); Rocky Raccoon (Beatles); Hymn To Freedom (Oscar Peterson)