This Day in Music, August 6: The Twist

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On this day in 1960, Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed "The Twist." The song went to No.1 on the US chart and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go to the top of the charts on two separate occasions.

In 1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film Help! which included the title track, "The Night Before", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "You're Going to Lose That Girl", "Ticket to Ride", and "Yesterday".

On this day in 1970, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco, and Johnny Winter all appeared at the Concert for Peace at New York's Shea Stadium. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

In 1988, Appetite For Destruction, Guns N' Roses' debut album, went to No.1 in the US after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling over five million copies. Singles from the album, "Sweet Child O’ Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle", and "Paradise City", were all US top 10 hits. Worldwide sales now stand in excess of 28 million and the album is the best-selling debut album of all time in the US, beating Boston's self-titled debut album, which has gone 17x platinum.

On this day in 2009, Steven Tyler was airlifted to hospital after falling off stage during a gig at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. The 61-year-old Aerosmith singer fell from a catwalk onto a couple of fans, suffering neck and shoulder injuries. About 30 minutes after the accident, guitarist Joe Perry came out to tell the crowd that the remainder of the show had been cancelled.

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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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