This Week in Rock and Roll History, Oct 9-16October 22, 2021
This Week in Rock and Roll History, Nov 1-7November 4, 2021
It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
1979: Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each. In 2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran.
1986: Bon Jovi went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with “Slippery When Wet.” Featuring two No. 1 singles, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer,” the album went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.
199: Singer, songwriter, and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana, aged 61. He wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night (1971 No. 1 “Joy to the World”), John Denver, Ringo Starr, and Glen Campbell. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, wrote “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1975: After releasing the single and album “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen had the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines.
2016: Elvis Presley broke the record for the most No. 1 albums by a solo artist. The late singer’s new album “The Wonder Of You” became his 13th album to top the chart.
2003: Research in the U. S. found that songs such as the Village People’s “YMCA” and the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” get stuck in our heads because they create a “brain itch” that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over.
1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to 6 months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami.
1981: Born today was Frank Anthony Iero, rhythm guitarist with the American rock band My Chemical Romance.