Today in Music History: Al Green Has His One And Only Number One

Al Green's one and only number one hit.
Al Green's one and only number one hit. (Wikimedia)

History Highlight:

Today in 1972, Al Green went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Let's Stay Together," his only US chart topper. "Let's Stay Together" was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Also, Today In:

1967 - 15 police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards during a weekend party. The police, who were armed with a warrant issued under the "dangerous drugs act", took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an honorary knighthood.

1970 - John Lennon performed "Instant Karma," on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.

1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 - Blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins died aged 70.

2007 - During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club, Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.

Birthdays:

Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, is 74.


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