On This Day in 1969, The Beatles pose for an iconic album cover

August 8, 2017

On this day in 1964, The Animals' soulful cover of the traditional blues song "The House Of The Rising Sun" entered the singles charts, marking the first time most American kids ever heard a blues song. Soon, they'd make it #1 for three weeks!

On this day in 1964, just as The Beatles' American compilation album "Something New" began its run to nine weeks at #2, their "I Should Have Known Better" single peaked at #53.

On this day in 1966, on the same day that their incredible "Revolver" album was released in the U.S., The Beatles were banned in South Africa because of John Lennon's infamous remark about the group being more popular than Jesus Christ.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles posed for the famous street crossing photograph which was used on their "Abbey Road" album cover. A policeman had to hold up traffic for several minutes at 10am as the band was photographed crossing the street in single file in front of the Abbey Road Studios. It was a hot day in London, so Paul McCartney walked barefoot. Later, when the "Paul is dead" hoax broke around the world, his walking barefoot was seen as a clue that Paul was, in fact, dead (in some countries, corpses are buried without shoes). The late Sixties/early Seventies were full of sketchy clues like that, you know.

On this day in 1970, as "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young peaked at #14 on the singles charts, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their "Looking Out My Back Door" single that eventually hit #2.

On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin bought a headstone for her idol and inspiration, blues legend Bessie Smith, who had been buried in an unmarked grave. Joplin notably sang many of Smith's songs with Big Brother & The Holding Company.

On this day in 1976, Boston's self-titled first album was released and became the fastest-selling debut ever, moving over 17 million copies before it began to slow down.

On this day in 1981, Journey's "Escape" album entered the charts on its way to #1 and nine million in sales.

On this day in 1984, Ratt's debut album, "Out Of The Cellar," hit #7 on its way to selling three million.

On this day in 1987, U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" hit #1 on the singles chart.