The Archies, an animated bubble gum pop band, topped Billboard pop charts on this day in 1969

"Sugar, Sugar" was a forbearer for the Gorillaz, huh?


Today in rock history: On this date in 1969, the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s pop singles chart was held by a virtual, cartoon band. The imaginary comic book band, The Archies, dominated sales charts and hung onto the top spot for four consecutive weeks, starting on this date, 49 years ago with its catchy pop song, “Sugar Sugar.” Written by songwriters Andy Kim and Jeff Barry, the actual band that recorded the song was comprised of studio musicians including singer Ron Dante and songwriter Andy Kim. “Sugar Sugar” became the best-selling single of 1969 and topped the singles chart in England for eight straight weeks. The song would be covered by soul music giant Wilson Pickett the year after its release; he’d also score a hit single with it.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1980, Blizzard of Ozz, the debut solo album by heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne was released in the U.K. The former lead singer of the legendary metal band Black Sabbath was fired from the band the year prior. Ozzy then decided to seek out a new band to back him and embark on his own path as a solo artist. While hopes were not high for the album following his tumultuous final stint with Sabbath, the record was a surprise hit and made Osbourne a viable, marketable artist while he was enjoying a musical resurgence. Part of the appeal of Ozzy’s new sound was the inclusion of hotshot guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads in the band. Blizzard of Ozz featured the hard rock classic “Crazy Train,” which was released as a single, as well as “Mr. Crowley,” a song about the British occultist, Aleister Crowley. The album was met with controversy thanks to the song “Suicide Solution,” which some detractors felt was glamorizing suicide. Blizzard of Ozz was a major hit in Ozzy’s home country but wouldn’t be released in America for another six months, making its U.S. debut in March of 1981. Ozzy’s first solo album has sold more than 4 million copies in the United States alone and is considered to be one of the best heavy metal albums of all time.

55 AND 4AD
Today in rock history: Happy 55th birthday to Cocteau Twins lead singer Elizabeth Fraser

Today in rock history: On this date in 1986, the second release from This Mortal Coil — a collection of singers and musicians associated with the 4AD Records label — was released. Following the success and the accolades of the project’s first album (1984’s It’ll End in Tears), the follow-up, Filigree & Shadow, continued in the footsteps of its predecessor and delivered another full album of gorgeous, ethereal songs and performances. Containing reimagined versions of songs written by Van Morrison, Judy Collins and Tim Buckley to name a few, the album included members of other 4AD acts like Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance and Dif Juz. The album peaked at No. 2 on the British independent albums chart and was the very first double-album set ever issued by 4AD. Containing several instrumental tracks among the dazzling vocal performances throughout, Filigree & Shadow is ranked as an essential album in any darkwave, gothic and ethereal music collection.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1991, quirky Pennsylvania-based band Ween released its second album, The Pod. Including cover artwork that’s a nod to an early Leonard Cohen record cover, the band (founded by school friends Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo who more familiarly known by their assumed band names — Gene and Dean Ween) received rave reviews for this effort. Released by American indie label Shimmy Disc Records, The Pod contained offbeat tunes like “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese,” “Strap on that Jammypac” and “Mononucleosis". The Pod was highly regarded critically and named as one of the best albums of the year by Spin magazine. The attention and accolades Ween received for this ambitious album led the band to get signed with a major record label, Elektra Records, which released the band’s Pure Guava in 1992.


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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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