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On this day in 1968 the Rolling Stones released their song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Though released as a single, be sure that the track has made nearly every Rolling Stones compilation album since it was first included on Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2). The track jumped to #1 on the UK charts, marking their seventh song to hit #1. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” also climbed all the way to #3 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The song has also been used in many movies. It was famously included in Martin Scorsese’s first film, Mean Streets, as well as in cult favorite Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
May 24th also marks another famous chart topper. On this day in 1975, Earth, Wind, & Fire gets a #1 hit with “Shining Star” on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks the first and only #1 single from the funk and soul band. “Shining Star” is off their 1975 album That’s the Way of the World, which is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Finally, today marks the birth of a man, a myth, and a legend: Bob Dylan. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 at St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Dylan is the masterful songwriter behind the songs and albums that have shaped generations of music and culture in America. At 72 years old, Dylan continues to frequently perform live and put out new music.
Check back next week for another edition of This Week in Music History!