This Week In Music History: August 25th-31st

OasisAs August (and summer) come to an end, let’s take another look back at music history.

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958.  The King of Pop is the most successful entertainer of all time, and is a cultural icon in almost every way.  After 16 albums and 4 number one singles as a member of  The Jackson Five, MJ set off on a solo career that may never be exceeded.  His 1982 album Thriller is recognized as one of the greatest and bestselling albums of all time.  Jackson has 11 songs that reached number one on the U.S. charts, including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” and “Man In The Mirror.”

Oasis formed in 1991 and they released their debut album, Definitely Maybe, on August 30th, 1994.  Definitely Maybe shot to the top of the UK album charts, and is actually the fastest selling debut album of all time there.  The album, now seven times platinum, features the hits “Live Forever” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol.”  Their follow up, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory blew the band out of the water.  The band split in 2009 due to arguments and differences between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher.

On August 27th, 1990 one of the greatest guitarists of all time sadly died in a tragic accident.  After playing a show with Eric Clapton in Wisconsin, Stevie Ray Vaughn took a helicopter to travel back to Chicago.  Unfortunately, the helicopter hit a ski slope while attempting to get through a very thick fog.  The blues guitarist released six albums through his carreer, and is recognized as number 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

By Anthony Cantone Heinze

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