It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
Born today in 1946 was Jim Tucker, guitarist from the Turtles, who had the U. S. 1967 No. 1 single “Happy Together.” Born in 1958 was country music immortal Alan Jackson, who has recorded over a dozen studio albums and charted 35 No. 1 hits.
In 1967 Bobbie Gentry’s debut album, Ode to Billie Joe, hit No.1 on the U. S. chart, the only album to displace the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top. The title track won Gentry three Grammys.
1985: A-Ha went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Take On Me,” making them the first Norwegian group to score a U. S. No. 1. In 2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, which charted at No. 1 in 34 countries.
1962: Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U. S. singles chart with “Monster Mash,” which the BBC banned as “offensive.” In 1973 the Rolling Stones went to No. 1 on the U. S. singles chart with “Angie,” the group’s 7th U. S. chart topper.
2001: Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington, expected to raise millions in funds for 9/11 attack victims, included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, and The Who.
1969: Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. Writers and music critics now call it one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
1966: The Supremes became the first female group to have a No. 1 album on the U. S. chart with The Supremes a Go Go, unseating the Beatles’ Revolver.