1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]
2000 – At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana performs a record-tying sweep at the Grammy’s, winning eight of the ten awards for which he is nominated. Michael Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won big for “Thriller.”
1998 – The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his financial partner Don Barden announce intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland in Detroit. The billiondollar Majestic Kingdom would be a family-oriented center that would include a Michael Jackson Thriller Theme Park, hotel, casino, botanical gardens, and nightclubs, among other amenities.
1984 – Michael Jackson wins eight Grammys, all connected to his album “Thriller.” Eddie VanHalen is a Noted player on Beat it! Thriller is the sixth solo album by American pop singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982 on Epic Records and the second of his three albums with producer Quincy Jones. With sales […]
1984 – The Michael Jackson single “Thriller” debuts at No. 20 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100. It is the highest debuting song of the 1980s, but fails to reach No. 1, topping out at No. 4.
1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. Biography Childhood Van Halen was a son of saxophonist Jan Van Halen; his mother Eugenia was from Java, Indonesia. At the […]
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” David Bowie (IPA: Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught […]
1944 – Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is born in the U.K. The group’s biggest album is the live triple album “Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends; Ladies and Gentlemen … Emerson Lake and Palmer.” It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 4. Keith Noel […]
1927 – Harry Belafonte is born in Harlem, N.Y. His 1956 album “Calypso” tops Chart Toppers’s pop album chart for 31 weeks. Only Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the soundtrack to “West Side Story” have held the No. 1 position longer.