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On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1977, Hall & Oates started a three week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rich Girl’. This was the duo’s first number 1 in the US. Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the third-bestselling music duo of all time.

In 1983, Duran Duran went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Is There Something I Should Know’. This was the groups first number 1 and their eighth single release. The group were on a US promotional trip on this day, where they were greeted by 5,000 screaming fans at an in-store appearance in New York City.

In 2016, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its ‘cultural, historic, or artistic significance.‘ Even though the record only made it to number 25 on the Hot 100 in 1974, it had become Joel’s signature song, and was ranked at number 421 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Born in this day in 1948, Steven Tyler. Lead singer of the rock band, Aerosmith. The band scored the 1989 UK number 13 single ‘Love In An Elevator’, their 1989 album Pump spent 53 weeks on the US charts, and the 1993 US number 1 & UK number 2 album Get A Grip, as well as the 1998 US number 1 & UK number 4 single ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. In 2011, Tyler made his debut appearance as a judge on American Idol.

Born on this day in 1981, Jay Sean; British producer and songwriter who had the 2009 US number 1 single ‘Down’ with Lil Wayne and the critically acclaimed debut album Me Against Myself.