Today in Music History: Billy Idol's "Mony Mony" hits No. 1

Billy Idol
Billy Idol (MPR / Nate Ryan)

History Highlight:

Today in 1987, Billy Idol knocked Tiffany from the No. 1 single position on the U.S. singles chart with his version of Tommy James "Mony Mony". Ironically, Tiffany had been at No. 1 with another Tommy James song, "I Think We're Alone Now."

Today In:

1960 - Ray Charles had an incredible four hits in the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously with "Georgia On My Mind" at No. 5, "Ruby" at No. 61, "Hard Hearted Hannah" at No. 66 and "Come Rain Or Shine" at No. 95.

1964 - Marvin Gaye made the singles chart for the fourth time in 1964 with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," a song successfully revived by James Taylor 11 years later.

1970 - The Partridge Family started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I Think I Love You". The song was featured in the first episode of the Partridge Family TV series, made by the same company that made The Monkees.

1974 - After swearing up and down that he would never again perform with Grace Slick and Jefferson Starship, Paul Kantner relented and got onstage with the band at Winterland arena in San Francisco.

1981 - Olivia Newton John started a ten-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Physical", the singer's fourth U.S. No. 1. The song went on to sell over 2 million copies, a became a No.7 hit in the U.K.

1983 - Michael Jackson's 14-minute video for "Thriller" was premiered in Los Angeles.

1991 - Aerosmith made a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Other acts that have appeared on the show include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, U2, The Moody Blues, The B-52s, The Who, R.E.M., Phish, Blink-182, Metallica, and The White Stripes.

1994 - After a five-year wait, The Stone Roses released the single "Love Spreads". In true Roses fashion, the group turn down an appearance on BBC 1's TV show Top Of The Pops to promote the single.

1995 - Billie Joe Armstrong, vocalist for Green Day, was busted for dropping his trousers at a Milwaukee concert. The fine was $141.

Birthdays:

Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack) is 77.

Bjork is 52.

Alex James, bass player for Blur (and professional cheese maker), is 49.

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


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