This Day in Music, September 4: Hey Jude and Uncle Albert

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On this day in 1968, the Beatles recorded promotional videos for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals were recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get 'round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For "Hey Jude", The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras who join in singing the long refrain.


1971: Taken from the album Ram, Paul and Linda McCartney went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the US-only released "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". It was McCartney's first US solo No.1.

1976: Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album after being on the charts for over a year. The album went on to sell over five million copies in the US and was the first of three No.1 albums for the group.

1982: Survivor were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the theme from the film Rocky III, "Eye Of The Tiger", their only chart topper. Survivor won the Grammy award for Best Rock Performance for the song.

1996: Oasis created outrage at the MTV awards held at New York's Radio City Music Hall. During the band's performance of "Champagne Supernova," singer Liam Gallagher spat on stage and threw a beer into the crowd.

2008: The first guitar torched on stage by Jimi Hendrix sold for £280,000 at an auction of rock memorabilia. The Fender Stratocaster was burned at the end of a show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, North London, in 1967. The sale, held in London, also included the Beatles' first management contract, signed in 1962 by all four members of the group and manager Brian Epstein. It sold for £240,00.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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