It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
2015: Taylor Swift was being sued for $42m for allegedly stealing the lyrics to her hit 2014 song “Shake It Off,” which topped music charts around the world. Born today in 1940 was soldier, singer, songwriter and author Sgt Barry Sadler, best known for his 1966 No. 1 hit, “Ballad of the Green Berets.”
1958: Tommy Edwards was at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “It’s All in The Game,” written by Charles Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. 2002: Armed police arrested an international gang who were planning to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her two young children and ransom Victoria for £5m.
1958: Elvis Presley went on maneuvers for the first time with the U.S. Army’s 32nd Tank Regiment near the German, Czech border. In 1990, 25 years after their version was recorded, The Righteous Brothers went to No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Unchained Melody.” It’s one of the most recorded songs ever, with over 500 versions in hundreds of languages.
1966: The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” entered the UK chart and went on to be a UK and U.S. No. 1 hit single.
1956: The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC-TV, the first of its kind hosted by an African-American. Born today in 1911 Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor, and in 1941, singer, songwriter, and composer Art Garfunkel.
1993: Meat Loaf was at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” The track was also a No. 1 in over 25 other countries.
1974: Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards.