Friday, May 1, 2020

Music History Today: May 2, 2020

May 2, 1991: The video for the R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion" was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery.  
Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M. released Out of Time, which eventually sold over four million copies in the United States and transformed longtime college radio darlings into a mainstream concern. 
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It was the album’s first single “Losing My Religion” that definitively turned the group to artistic and commercial leaders of the burgeoning alternative rock movement.  
Read more: Rolling Stone
May 2, 1964: "The Beatles' Second Album" reaches #1 on the Billboard LP chart, replacing their first album, "Meet the Beatles!"
If you look into The Beatles’ album sales, you find one unbeatable record after another. It all starts with cumulative sales.

 At 183 million units sold, no recording artist comes close to the Fab Four. The band also dominated the Billboard charts unlike any other artist selling records in America. Over the years, the band posted 20 number 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Not even Elvis could match that total. 
Read more: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


May 2, 1965: Despite his vow that they would never be invited back, Ed Sullivan includes The Rolling Stones on his Sunday night variety show. 
Although the Rolling Stones' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show was great for the band’s popularity as well as for CBS’s ratings, Sullivan was reticent to book them again.
Ed Sullivan and the Rolling Stones
 Following The Stones’ first performance, Ed supposedly declared, "I promise you they'll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this show and I'm not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks." 
Read more: Ed Sullivan blog


May 2,1977: Eric Clapton recorded "Wonderful Tonight." 
Eric Clapton wrote 'Wonderful Tonight' in 1976 while waiting for his then-girlfriend (and future wife) Pattie Boyd to get ready for a night out. 
They were heading out to a Buddy Holly tribute that Paul McCartney had arranged, and Clapton was waiting around while she tried on clothes.  
Read more: Smooth Radio

May 2, 1987: Cutting Crew started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(I Just), Died In Your Arms', a No.4 hit in the UK.  
Written by singer Nick Van Eede, “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by British band Cutting Crew, remains one of the 1980’s biggest classics.
Cutting Crew
 It was originally released in the U.K in 1986 and later in January 1987 in the U.S. The song charted worldwide and peaked to No.1 on the US Hot 100 on May 2, 1987.  
Read more: Pop Expresso

Losing My Religion
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