Today in Music History: The Supremes record their first No. 1 hit

The Supremes perform on The Ed Sullivan Show
Publicity photo of the music group The Supremes from the television program The Ed Sullivan Show. (CBS Television/Public Domain)

History Highlight:

Today in 1964, The Supremes recorded "Where Did Our Love Go" at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become the first of their five U.S. number-one singles. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

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1973, During his Ziggy Stardust world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold-out nights in Tokyo, Japan.

1977 - The Damned were among the first British punk outfits to perform in America when they played New York's legendary CBGB's.

1977 - The Clash released their self-titled debut album on CBS. In the United States, the Clash's debut studio album was released one year after Give 'Em Enough Rope, so it was their second release in the US. CBS in America had decided that the album was 'not radio friendly', so it was initially only available in the States during 1977-1978 as an import, and as such became the best-selling import of the year, shifting over 100,000 copies.

1980 - The TV movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, based on the song "The Gambler," aired on CBS. It became the highest-rated TV movie of the year and lead to four sequels, all starring Rogers.

1982 - New Order's bass player Peter Hook was knocked unconscious during a riot at a gig in Rotterdam.

1989 - Roxette went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "The Look", the Swedish duo's first U.S. No. 1. It was while studying in Sweden that an exchange student from Minneapolis, Dean Cushman, heard "The Look", and brought a copy of Roxette's album Look Sharp! home for the 1988 holiday break. He gave the album to a Minneapolis radio station, which started playing "The Look". The song became very popular and was quickly picked up by other radio stations.

1998 - Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood and 10 other passengers were rescued from a boat off the coast of Brazil after the engine caught fire.

1994 - Kurt Cobain's body was found in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He was believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier.

1994 - The Offspring's breakthrough album Smash was released. Thanks to the success of the singles "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem", Smash eventually became one of the best-selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.

2008 - Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine's "Best Live Acts Of All Time". The Who were voted in at No. 2 and AC/DC at No. 3.


Belgian singer and songwriter Jacques Brel was born on this day in 1929. David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Kingston Trio and many others have covered his songs.

Biz Markie is 52.

Julian Lennon is 53.

Ezra Koenig, singer for Vampire Weekend, is 32 today.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, and Wikipedia.

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