Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong turns 45 today and the guy that played Ritchie Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips, is 55.
Let’s start with a double dose of music history on this day in 1966. In Sheffield, Alabama, Percy Sledge recorded “When A Man Loves A Woman.” The lyric sheet was completely empty and Percy improvised most of the lyrics for the song. In comparison, out in California, Brian Wilson started working on “Good Vibrations.” The song took 6 months to complete and cost about $50,000 in studio time.
It was on this day in 1971 that James Taylor made his prime time network television debut singing “Fire And Rain” and “Sweet Baby James” on the “Johnny Cash Show.”
On this day in 1975, AC/DC released their debut album “High Voltage” in Australia.The band has gone on to sell almost 200 million albums.
In 1989, David Coverdale, lead singer of the rock band Whitesnake, married Tawny Kitaen, who you may remember from some of their videos. They stayed together a little over two years.
On this day in 1997, all four of the Monkees participated in the ABC-TV documentary “Hey, Hey It’s The Monkees,” directed by Michael Nesmith.
And on this day in 1998, Destiny’s Child released their self-titled debut album. The album spent 26 weeks on the album chart, but only peaked at #67. The follow up, “The Writings On The Wall” sold over 8 million copies.
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