This Day in Music History: The Beatles release The White Album, Pearl Jam releases Vitalogy

The Beatles The White Album
1957 – Simon & Garfunkel make their first appearance on American Bandstand. As their earlier incarnation as Tom and Jerry, they play their minor hit “Hey Little Schoolgirl.”

1963 – The Beatles release With The Beatles.

1968 – The Beatles release The Beatles (The White Album).

1994 – Pearl Jam releases their third studio album, Vitalogy, on vinyl. It becomes the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart since the recent domination of the compact disc format. They follow the release in other formats two weeks later, when the album then becomes the second-fastest-selling CD in history at the time (behind only the band’s previous release, Vs).

1994 – Prince releases The Black Album.

1997 – Michael Hutchence of INXS dies in a Sydney hotel room in what the coroner rules a suicide. The famous frontman was just 37.

2002 – Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to reform the band with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as The Doors of the 21st Century, but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the “Doors” moniker. They change their name to Riders on the Storm as a result of the litigation.

2004 – U2 shoots the video for “All Because Of You” from a moving flat bed truck on the streets of Brooklyn. Later in the day, they perform a brief concert under the Brooklyn Bridge, which is taped by MTV for a later showing.

2010 – After just one week of availability in the iTunes store, The Beatles’ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.



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