2008: Britney Spears releases Circus. The title track and Womanizer were hits.
2004: Snoop Dogg tops singles chart for the first time with Drop It Like It’s Hot, featuring Pharrell Williams.
2003: Alicia Keys releases her album The Diary of Alicia Keys. The single is You Don’t Know My Name.
1998: Shania Twain memorable music video for That Don’t Impress Me Much debuts on Country Music Television. Here’s a link to the official version: Video.
1995: The Guinness Book of World Records certifies that Ace of Base’s The Sign is the best-selling debut album of all time, with 19 million copies sold.
1990: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland dies at ninety. His famous compositions include Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man, popularized by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
1983: Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video debuts on MTV. Even though it is more than thirteen minutes long, It is a huge hit and initially MTV plays it every hour. The “making of” Thriller becomes the best-selling music video of all time. Here’s a link to the official version: Video.
1981: The Broadway musical Dreamgirls, based on The Supremes, opens on Broadway. It later becomes a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.
1981: Singer Britney Spears is born. Her #1s include Baby One More Time, Womanizer, 3 and Hold It Against Me.
1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers is #1
1978: Singer Nelly Furtado is born. Say It Right is one of her big hits.
1974: Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting, is #1.
1973: The Who are jailed overnight in Montreal following doing $6,000 worth of damage to their hotel suite after their show at the Forum. They spend six hours in jail and are ordered to pay a $2,100 fine. Bass player John Entwhistle writes the song Cell Block Number Seven about the incident.
1972: Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain is released.
1972: The Temptations‘ Papa Was A Rolling Stone hits #1.
1967: The Monkees‘ Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album is #1. Pleasant Valley Sunday was the single.
1967: The Monkees‘ Daydream Believer is #1
1963: Dominique by The Singing Nun. (Sister Luc-Gabrielle) is #1. The song is about the founder of the Dominican order.
1957: Sam Cooke’s You Send Me is #1.
1952: Singer-songwriter Michael McDonald is born. His hits with The Doobie Brothers and as a solo act include What A Fool Believes,Takin It To The Streets, Real Love, Minute By Minute and I Keep Forgettin’.
Songs Of The Day:
You’re So Vain (Carly Simon); You Send Me (Sam Cooke); Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Tempations); Cell Block Number Seven (The Who); Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas); Womanizer (Britney Spears); Baby One More Time (Britney Spears); Daydream Believer(Monkees); Dominique (Singing Nun); What A Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers); I Keep Forgettin’ (Michael McDonald); Say It Right (Nelly Furtado); You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (Streisand/Diamond); Drop It Like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg); That Don’t Impress Me Much (Shania Twain); Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees)