Today In Pop Music: September 6 – The Biggest Selling Pop Single Of All Time Is Recorded

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BIRTHDAYS

1925 – Jimmy Reed (blues singer – ‘Big Boss Man’, Baby What You Want Me To Do’ – major influence on Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones – died 1976)

1942 – Dave Bargerdon (Blood, Sweat and Tears 1970-1978 – horns)

1943 – Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

1948 – Clydes Smith (Kool and the Gang – co-founder, lead guitar – died 2006)

1961 – Pal Waaktaam (A-ha, guitar – ‘Take On Me’)

ON THIS DAY

1968 – The Beatles working at Abbey Road studio recorded overdubs on George Harrison’s track ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.  George laid down his lead vocal, and Eric Clapton added a guitar solo becoming the first musician (outside of orchestral session musicians) to play on a Beatles recording.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix made his last live appearance at Germany’s Isle Of Fehmarn.  12 days later he was dead after choking to death on his own vomit.  Here’s a compilation of footage of the event.

1975 – Glen Campbell topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in his career with ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.  The single was nominated for three Grammy awards and won song of the year at the 1976 Country Music Association Awards show.

1990 – Tom Fogerty, guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival (and John’s brother), died due to complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion.  He was 49 years old.

1997 – After performing ‘Candle In The Wind’ at Princess Diana’s funeral which had a viewing audience of an estimated 2.5 billion people, Elton John went into the studio to record a new version of the song, which went on to become the biggest selling pop single of all time, with over 32 million copies world wide.  But the biggest selling single of all time is still Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ estimated to have sold over 35 million copies on record, cassette, compact disc, and digital download,  After over 65 years, it continues to sell additional thousands of copies every holiday season.

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