On This Day in 1985, Michael Jackson pulls a fast on Paul McCartney

August 14, 2017
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On this day in 1962, Ringo Starr was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes when he was approached by The Beatles manager Brian Epstein about replacing drummer Pete Best. Much to Pete's chagrin, Ringo started four days later.

On this day in 1965, The Animals' anthem "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #13 as The Kinks' "Who'll Be The Next In Line" started its climb up to #34.

On this date in 1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Recording at CBS Studio 50 in New York City, they performed "I Feel Fine," "I'm Down," "Act Naturally," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday" and "Help!" The program was broadcast on September 12th, as the season-opener of "The Ed Sullivan Show."

On this day in 1971, Rod Stewart's classic "Maggie May" entered the singles chart on its way to five weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" started working its way to #1.

On this day in 1971, "Who's Next," The Who's greatest album, entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's "Rock 'N Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as Peter Frampton's "Frampton Comes Alive" album hit #1 for the first of 10 weeks.

On this day in 1982, "Keep The Fire Burnin'" by REO Speedwagon peaked at #7 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1985, Michael Jackson snookered Paul McCartney with a bid of $47.5 million for the ATV music publishing catalog and the Northern Songs Catalogue of The Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

On this day in 2014, keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier — a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult who also contributed to vital records by Patti Smith and The Clash — lost his lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lanier, who had been a heavy smoker, was 67.