This Day in Music History: May 4

This Day in Music History: May 4May 4, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: May 4.


1967: The Young Rascals started a four week run at the top of the US singles chart with the song 'Groovin.' Jerry Wexler who was then head of Atlantic Records, didn't want to release the song. US disc jockey Murray the K heard the song and eventually encouraged Atlantic Records to release it.


1970: Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven more wounded by National Guard troops during a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. This incident inspired Neil Young to compose the song 'Ohio'. The song became a big hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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1973: Led Zeppelin started their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the 'biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States'. The band would grossed more than $4 million from the dates, flying between shows in 'The Starship', a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with a shower room, bar, a white fur bedroom, and a TV and video in a 30' lounge.

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1974: ABBA topped the UK singles chart with 'Waterloo', the band's first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden. At the beginning, the song was called 'Honey Pie'.

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1978: 'Night Fever' by The Bee Gees topped the UK singles chart. It was the band's third No.1 and also the theme song from the movie 'Saturday Night Fever.' It also topped the US charts and stayed at the top for over two months.


1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. He was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990 after a show at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after he played 107 of the 110 dates.


1991: Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with 'The Shoop Shoop Song' which also features in the movie 'Mermaids'. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett on 1964, and now it gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since her 1965 song 'I Got You Babe'.

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1996: Alanis Morissette started a six-week run at the top of the UK album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The album produced 6 successful singles, including 'You Learn', 'You Oughta Know', 'Hand in My Pocket', 'Ironic' and 'Head over Feet'.

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1996: George Michael scored his seventh UK No.1 single as a solo artist when his song 'Fastlove' started a three-week run at the top of the chart.


2008: Hard Candy, the latest album by Madonna, went straight to the top of the UK chart. This gave her a chart double, with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, on top of the singles chart for a third week. Madonna's latest album Hard Candy was her 10th number one album.

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