On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’. This was his fifth solo US number  1. The third single from the singer’s ‘Thriller’ album. The track features guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video.

In 1990,Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry, who had died from a heart attack.

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. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In 1991, Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000.

In 2008, Mariah Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27, while shooting the music video for her single ‘Bye Bye.’