It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
1971: Rod Stewart started a 5-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Maggie May / Reason to Believe,” his first solo No. 1. In 1983 Bonnie Tyler became the only Welsh singer to hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Total Eclipse of The Heart.”
1978: The members of Aerosmith bailed 30 fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum. In 1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3rd — Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday — to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day.”
1970: Singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin then had the posthumous 1971 U.S. No. 1 single “Me and Bobby McGee,” and the 1971 U.S. No. 1 album, Pearl. 1978: Country singer Tammy Wynette was abducted, beaten, and held in her car for two hours by a kidnapper wearing a ski mask.
1974: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells went to No. 1 for the first time on the U.K. album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. 1988, American musician Kevin Olusola, a member of the acapella group Pentatonix, was born.
2020, Eddie Van Halen, the revered guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen, died at age 65 of throat cancer.
In 1995, Alanis Morissette went to No. 1 on the U. S. album chart with her third album, Jagged Little Pill, which produced six successful singles.
1988: Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of The Moon finally left Billboard’s Hot 200 Album Chart after a record-breaking 741 weeks.