December 21 Rock And Roll History
This is my last rock and roll history post. Thanks so much for reading, and enjoy!
On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Speakeasy Club in London. The Speakeasy was a popular venue for the music industry from1966 to the late 1970s, managed by Laurie O'Leary, who was a friend of the Kray twins, and Roy Flynn, who was the first manager of the band Yes.
Also in 1967, the Beatles put on a party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to commemorate the first airing of their Magical Mystery Tour.
In 1968, Glenn Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" went to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart as the artist's only #1. It stayed on the chart for 46 weeks.
Also in 1968, Janis Joplin's solo concert debut took place in Memphis at an event for the Stax/Volt. Booker T. and the MG's also performed at the event.
In 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" surpassed "Thriller" as the second-longest lasting album on the Billboard Top 100. It remained there for 79 weeks. The only album that's spent longer on the chart was "The Sound of Music," at 109 weeks.
And in 1991, "Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives" by Queen began its five-week run at #1 in the U.K. The worldwide hit had been re-released after Freddie Mercury passed away.