We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.
Today: January 19.
1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on the show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. They performed the song 'Please Please Me'.
1967: The Monkees topped the UK singles chart with 'I'm A Believer', the band's only UK No.1. The song was composed by Neil Diamond and had 1,051,280 advance orders. It scored gold within two days of its release. The song is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles that have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies all over the world.
1967: The Beatles started recording 'A Day In The Life' at Abbey Road studios in London. They recorded four takes of the new song. According to John Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune that crashed his car (Lotus Elan) on December 18, 1966 in Redcliffe Gardens, London.
1980: 'Brass In Pocket' by The Pretenders gave the band their first UK No.1 single. The band's self-titled debut album began a four-week run at the top of the UK chart, on this day as well.
1980: 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd started a 15-week run at the top of the US album chart. The band’s third US No.1 sold over 23 million copies in the US alone. This album is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Eagles’ 'Greatest Hits'.
2007: Canadian singer songwriter and former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty died at the age of 66. He died at his home near Toronto, Canada after a short illness. The band scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Monday Monday'.
2008: Singer songwriter John Stewart, who wrote 'Daydream Believer' for The Monkees, died at the age of 68 after suffering a massive stroke or brain aneurysm in San Diego. He was a member of folk group The Kingston Trio and during his career recorded more than 45 solo albums with his biggest solo success being a US top five single, 'Gold', in 1979.
2014: Bruce Springsteen scored his 10th UK No.1 album with 'High Hopes', putting him ahead of bands and acts like: Abba, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. This achievement puts Springsteen on level pegging with The Rolling Stones and U2, who also have 10 UK No.1 albums. The Beatles are on top with 15 albums, followed by Madonna with 12, while Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams both had 11 each.
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