It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
May 2nd is a big day for music history. In 1963, The Beatles’ “From Me To You” was at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. This was the group’s first of 11 consecutive No. 1s. In 1964, The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at No. 1 on the U.K. charts. The album remained No. 1 for 51 consecutive weeks.
May 3rd is a major day for Jimi Hendrix fans. In 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s recorded “Voodoo Chile,” which was featured on the popular “Electric Ladyland” double album. On the same day one year later, Jimi Hendrix was arrested on his way to Toronto for the possession of hashish and heroin. Hendrix claimed the drugs had been planted.
May 4th 1951, Jackie Jackson, from the American family music group, The Jackson 5, was born. They were the first group to debut with four consecutive No.1 hits on the Hot 100 with the songs “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There.” In 1973, Led Zeppelin launched their North American tour, which is known as the most popular rock and roll tour in history. In 1974, the group ABBA was No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Waterloo.”
May 5th 1969, The Beatles’ single “Get Back” was released in the U.S. The single reached number one in 14 countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Mexico, and the United States. In 1973, David Bowie went to No. 1 in the U.K. with “Aladdin Sane” which went on a 5-week chart-topping run.
May 6th 1973, Paul Simon started his first tour without his previous partner Art Garfunkel. In 1978, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18-week run at No.1 on the U.K. album chart and No.1 in the U.S. The album featured seven BeeGees songs including “More Than A Woman” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In 2002, “
Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was voted U.K.’s favorite single of all time with a vote by the Guinness Hit Singles Book.
May 7th 1974, Led Zeppelin held a launch party for their new label Swan Song at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. In 1977, The Eagles went No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Hotel California.” And in 1978, Bob Dylan sold 90,000 tickets to his upcoming London dates at Earls Court in only 8 hours.
May 8th is a big day for The Beatles. 1968, The Beatles held the No. 1 position on the U.S. singles chart. They held the top spot for 14 weeks with 3 consecutive songs: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”—7 weeks, “She Loves You”—2 weeks, and “Can’t Buy Me Love”—5 weeks. In 1969, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO. Paul McCartney chose to continue with Eastmans to represent him. And in 1970, The Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be,” was released.