Today in Music History: 'Pulp Fiction' album charts

'Pulp Fiction' soundtrack album
'Pulp Fiction' soundtrack album (Universal Music Group)

History Highlight:

Today in 1994, the soundtrack album to the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction crept into the Billboard Top 50, where it eventually peaked at No. 21. No traditional film score was commissioned for Pulp Fiction; instead, the film contains a mix of rock 'n' roll, surf music, pop and soul. The soundtrack album features songs performed by Urge Overkill, Al Green, Maria McKee, Kool and the Gang, Rick Nelson and Chuck Berry, among others.

Also, Today In:

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" was slowly climbing the charts.

1965 - The Rolling Stones released one of the all-time most popular rock tunes, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

1965 - The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive U.S. No. 1 single (they were the first American group to accomplish this feat), when "Back In My Arms Again" went to the top of the charts.

1967 - Bob Dylan's first compilation album, Greatest Hits, peaked at No. 10 in the U.S. chart.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono released the politically oriented double-album Some Time In New York City.

1982 - Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary "U.S." Bonds all performed for more than 450,000 fans at a rally for nuclear disarmament in New York's Central Park.

2006 - Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively online.

Birthdays:

Reg Presley, lead singer of The Troggs, was born today in 1941.

Brad Delp of the band Boston was born today in 1951.

Chick Corea is 74.

Junior Brown, known as the Hillbilly Hendrix, is 63.

Bun E. Carlos, drummer for Cheap Trick, is 64.