More of today’s rock history lesson:
1989: After Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood alleged that The Who only reformed for money, Pete Townshend said “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop.” in reference to the Stones’ Dirty Work released three years earlier.
1988: Def Leppard reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Love Bites” which was their fifth single off of their album Hysteria. The song spent one week on top of the chart.
1988: Cheap Trick peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of “Don’t Be Cruel” which was the first Elvis Presley cover to reach the Top 10 in the U.S. since Presley’s death.
1988: U2 reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with “Desire” which spent one week on top of the chart. The song would go on to reach number three in the U.S.
1988: Metallica peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with …And Justice for All which was their first album to reach the top ten in the U.S. & would go on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1983: The Police peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “King of Pain” which was their fifth top ten single in the U.S.
1979: Fleetwood Mac released their first double album Tusk the follow-up to Rumours. They released it weeks ahead of schedule as songs mysteriously popped up on radio.
1966: Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a concert at Sussex University in the U.K. after a twenty minute drum solo on “Toad”.
1964: Ringo Starr passed his driving test shortly before The Beatles began their first sessions for recording “I Feel Fine”.
Johnny Ramone-guitarist for The Ramones born in 1948