This Day in Music History: Michael Jackson gets his first solo #1, David Bowie releases Heroes - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1939 – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is organized.

1957 – The Everly Brothers score their first #1 hit with “Wake Up Little Susie.”

1966 – Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals during tonight’s gig at All Saints Hall in London.

1971 – Little Richard’s publisher sues Creedence Clearwater Revival, claiming “Travelin’ Band” is too similar to “Good Golly Miss Molly.” A settlement is eventually reached out of court.

1972 – Michael Jackson lands his first solo #1 with “Ben,” a song about a boy and his pet rat.

1977 – David Bowie releases his twelfth studio album, Heroes, the second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno (the other releases being Low and Lodger).

1981 – Prince releases the album Controversy.

1988 – Def Leppard becomes first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs with Pyromania and Hysteria.

2007 – The Tom Petty documentary, Running Down A Dream, debuts at the New York Film Festival.

2011 – After 27 years of marriage, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth announce they are breaking up.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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