Today in 1994, Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with Vitalogy, their third studio album. The music on the record was more diverse than previous releases, and was packaged in a booklet that replicated material from a 1920s medical book of the same name. Tensions within the group were at an all-time high during the recording of the album, and partially as a result, Eddie Vedder emerged as the leader and final decision-maker within the band. We played one of the album's classic tracks, "Better Man."
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1960 - The kindly Philadelphia Orphan's Court raised Chubby Checker's weekly allowance from $150 to $200 after the 19-year-old landed three songs in the Top 40, "The Class," "The Twist" and "The Hucklebuck."
1965 - Rubber Soul, a Beatles album that was perceived by many as a more mature and serious work, and a turning point in their career, went Gold after two weeks.
1969 - Marking the 10th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, the compilation album The Buddy Holly Story was certified Gold.
1977 - The Bee Gees started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "How Deep Is Your Love", the group's 4th US No.1.
1988 - Nirvana started recording their first album Bleach using a $600 loan from an old school friend.
2003 - Jack White turned himself in to Detroit police to face aggravated assault charges stemming from a bar room altercation in which he allegedly attacked Jason Stollsteimer of The Von Bondies.
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