Today in Music History: The Supremes Rack Up Their 8th Number One

The Supremes
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Today In:

1965 - Rumors of a Who break-up were rampant after Roger Daltrey stormed off stage following sound problems at the Glad Rags Ball in London. Boz Burrell (later of King Crimson and of Bad Company) was named by many as a potential replacement. As we know, Roger returned.

1971 - To mark his 25th anniversary in show business, blues great B.B. King kicked off a European tour in London.

1979 - After serving a four-month term for income tax invasion, Chuck Berry was released from prison.

1983 - Tina Turner made the charts for the first time in a decade with her rendition of "Let's Stay Together."

2000 - The Battle Of Los Angeles by Rage Against The Machine was a Top 5 album.

History Highlight:

Today in 1966, the most successful girl group of all time, The Supremes, had their eighth #1 single, "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, the single is a return to rhythm and blues as compared to the Supremes' previous single, "You Can't Hurry Love," which utilizes the call and response elements akin to gospel. The song's signature guitar part originated from a Morse code-like radio signal heard by Lamont Dozier, who collaborated with Brian and Eddie Holland to integrate the idea into the recording.


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