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On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1980, Prince appeared on The US TV show, ‘American Bandstand’; making his television debut. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 19: Musician Prince performs on stage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Prince was honored with the Vanguard Award. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In 2003, Billy Joel had to be airlifted to the local hospital after crashing his car into a tree. The singer crashed after losing control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards. The accident happened in The Hamptons, New York.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Billy Joel perfroms at Billy Joel In Concert – New York, New York at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

In 2008, Alicia Keys was at number 1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘As I Am’. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week the largest ever first week sales for any female R&B artist.

In 2020, Billie Eilish swept the board at the 2020 Grammys, winning five awards, including best new artist and song of the year. She became the first person to achieve this since Christopher Cross in 1981. The 18-year-old also won album of the year for her debut, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go’

Born on this day in 1955, Eddie Van Halen; guitarist of the 80’s band, Van Halen. Had the 1984 US number 1 & UK number 7 single ‘Jump’. His guitar solo in the track ‘Eruption’ was voted number 2 on Guitar World magazine’s readers poll of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.