This Week in Music History: September 16-20

David-BowieHappy Friday! That means it’s time for a look back at music history.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie scored his first #1 single in the United Sates. “Fame” was the first to reach the top of the charts in the States, as well as the first to even breach the top 10. The song would only reach #17 in the UK, though. “Fame” was recorded in New York City with John Lennon. After recording a cover of The Beatles “Across the Universe,” Lennon and Bowie co-wrote and recorded the song.

Another #1 hit on this day in music history came in 1960 from Chubby Checker. “The Twist” was originally released in 1959 after being written by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, which reached #28 on the charts. The song resurfaced again in 1968 as a cover by The Fat Boys, featuring Chubby Checker, which reached #2 in the UK. “The Twist” is famous for starting the dance craze of the same name. Checker was only 18 at the time when e recorded the song.

B.B. King was born on September 16th, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi. The now 88 year old Blues singer and guitarist is ranked by Rolling Stone as the #6 greatest guitarist of all time. The King of Blues released his first album in 1956, and has since released dozens more, the most recent being 2008’s One Kind Favor. Always a road warrior, King still plays almost 100 shows a year, and from first hand experience, I can tell you that he has the softest hands in the world.

By Anthony Cantone Heinze

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