This Day in Music History: Michael Jackson gets his first solo #1, David Bowie releases Heroes
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.