Today in rock history: on this date in 1964, California pop band The Beach Boys released its classic single, “I Get Around.” The single debuted in the lower reaches of Billboard’s pop singles charts and, by July of 1964, it became the very first Beach Boys single to reach the No. 1 spot. “I Get Around” topped the charts for two weeks and climbed as high as No. 7 in England becoming the band’s highest charting single in that country. “I Get Around” appeared on the band’s sixth album All Summer Long. Beach Boy mastermind Brian Wilson has recently announced a new date for his postponed Pet Sounds show in Clearwater — details on that available here.
Today in rock history: on this date in 1965, Los Angeles based rock band The Byrds made its television debut on NBC’s weekly music program, Hulabaloo. The band performed its version of the Bob Dylan-penned “Mr. Tambourine Man” for its first appearance. “Mr. Tambourine Man” had barely scraped the top 100 on Billboard’s pop singles charts but, due to the overwhelming response the band received for the performance, the single rose to No. 1 a month after the band’s first televised appearance.
Today in rock history: on this date in 1970, the 3-LP companion soundtrack album for the Woodstock concert documentary film was released. Featuring live performances filmed during the historic 1969 three-day outdoor festival, the album captured some of highlights from the concert including selections by Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After and Jefferson Airplane. The album occupied the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s pop albums chart for four weeks and prompted a follow-up soundtrack album consisting of additional performances from the festival.
Today in rock history: on this date in 1985, Madonna held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s pop singles charts with “Crazy For You,” a song that was originally recorded for inclusion on the soundtrack album for the film, Vision Quest. The song was the first ballad by the pop singer to be released as a single and proved to be her second chart-topper. Madonna’s popularity was soaring thanks to the success of her most recent album, Like A Virgin, and “Crazy For You” enhanced her visibility and her chart domination throughout the majority of 1985. “Crazy For You” became a platinum-selling single and earned Madonna her very first Grammy award nomination.