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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stamped Legends

Today in Music History: October 8

There are numerous music legends. These are the icons whose music and lyrics remain at the top of anyone's list having been covered over and over again. Many are recognized for their accomplishments through music awards, nominations and wins. A few are commemorated in other ways, such as US postage stamps.

1964 Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Oh Pretty Woman', his third UK No.1. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."
1964 Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She's a Woman’ in seven takes plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours.
1971 Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band's first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying). In 1999, it was certified 12 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 12 million copies.
1977 One half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch" (he was blonde Hutch), David Soul was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Silver Lady', his second and last UK No.1 single.
1988 On their 12th single release, U2 scored their first UK No.1 with 'Desire'. The track which was also a US No.3 hit was taken from their album 'Rattle And Hum.'
1988 Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' finally left Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.

1992 The US Postal Service issued commemorative stamps to celebrate pop music legends: Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington.
 






And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...