It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
May 9th 1964, Louis Armstrong went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Hello Dolly.” This made him the oldest artist to hit No.1 at the age of 62. In 1965, Bob Dylan played the first of two sold-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall during his U.K. tour. Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison released his experimental album Electric Sound in 1969.
May 10th 1969, Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the U.K. album chart when the band’s debut album charted at No. 6. The album spent 71 weeks on the U.K. chart and it went on the U.S. chart the next week. David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song “Space Oddity” in 1970. In sadder news, the all-girl group The Go Go’s announced they were breaking up on this day in 1985.
May 11th 1963, The Beatles started a 30-week run at No.1 on the U.K. album charts with their debut album “Please Please Me.” This was the longest-running No.1 album by a group ever. In 1981, Bob Marley tragically passed away at the young age of 36.
May 12th 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at RCA Hollywood studios. The Rolling Stones released “Exile on Main Street” in 1972, the second album on their own label. The album went on to rank as No. 7 in 2003 on Rolling Stones Magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1973, Led Zeppelin started a three-week run at No.1 on the U.S. album chart with their album Houses Of The Holy. The group’s fifth album went on to spend 39 weeks on the U.S. chart.
May 13th 1967, The Supremes scored their 10th No. 1 single with “The Happening” and No. 6 in the U.K This was the final single for The Supremes before becoming Diana Ross and The Supremes. In 1989, Kylie Minogue was at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Hand On Your Heart.” The song was her second solo No.1 on the singles chart. This day is also Stevie Wonder’s birthday!
May 14th 1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic records 40th birthday party at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 after the death of John Bonham on September 25 that same year. They appeared with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham, on drums. In 1998 after suffering a heart attack, sadly, Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; he was 82.
May 15th, 1976, The Rolling Stones went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with their album, “Black and Blue.” This was the group’s sixth No.1 album. In 1982, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Ebony And Ivory.” This was McCartney’s 24th U.S. No. 1 as a songwriter.