This Day in History: 2022-08-04

Billy Idol’s “Cradle Of Love” peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1990
Pop singer Mariah Carey’s “Vision Of Love” keeps Idol out of the top spot.
Avenged Sevenfold’s album “Nightmare” is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It’s the group’s first chart topper selling 163,000 units in the previous week. 2010
Hoobastank’s single “The Reason” is certified for over four-million units shipped (4 x platinum).  2021
It is the title track from the band’s ’03 album.
Elvis Presley releases his cover of Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog.” 1956
Everly Brothers appear on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing “Wake Up Little Susie,” a song about falling asleep on a date (sure, that could happen). Some radio stations ban the song. The brothers also perform the less controversial “Bye Bye Love.” 1957
#1 with a bullet! Billboard begins its Hot 100 singles chart. The Hot 100 is based on sales and radio play. The inaugural #1 song is “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky (later Rick) Nelson. 1958
The Kinks release the single, “You Really Got Me” in the U.K.  The first Heavy Metal record? 1964
John Lennon’s “we’re (The Beatles) bigger than Jesus Christ” statement leads the South African government to ban Beatles records. 1966
Soulfly’s Massimiliano Antonio ‘Max’ Cavalera is born. 1969
“Purple Rain” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The Prince & The Revolution album holds the top spot for twenty-two weeks.  1983
“New Miserable Experience,” the second studio album by Gin Blossoms, is released.  Led by “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You,” the set goes on to sell over 5-million copies. 1992
The city of Cincinnati lifts its 25-year-old ban on general admission seating that was enacted after 11 people were trampled to death prior to a ’79 concert by The Who. 2004
Jon Bon Jovi delivers the keynote speech at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington D.C. Talking about his charitable activities Bon Jovi says “I’ve done it all but I got more of a rush when I went to the Northern Home for Children (in Philadelphia). We built a playground.” 2005
Alice Cooper begins a fundraising drive to construct a $3-million, 20,000 square foot teen activity center in Phoenix. “There’s lots of shootings going, there’s lots of meth going on, there’s lots of gangs,” says Cooper. “In the middle of all that is a bunch of 12, 13, 14-year-old kids that can go one way or the other.” 2006
Spirit keyboardist, John Locke, dies from complications due to lymphoma. 2006
Cage The Elephant nail the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart with “In One Ear.” The song is the second single from their self-titled debut album. 2010
Coheed & Cambria announce that bassist Michael Todd has left the band. “We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties,” reads a band statement.  2011
Adrenaline Mob bassist John Moyer writes, via Facebook, that he will not be around for an upcoming tour due to scheduling conflicts. The statement seems to catch Adrenaline Mob by surprise, though Moyer, who is also a member of Disturbed, claims he told the group of his decision three weeks earlier. 2014
Alice In Chains: The Untold Story, by David DeSola, is out. The bio “throws new light on the dark impulses that drove it (AIC) to both greatness and tragedy.” 2015
In an open letter, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee criticizes House of Blues president Ron Bension for joining the SeaWorld board. Lee has been a long-time critic of SeaWorld. “Please, save the orcas and your reputation by urging SeaWorld to build sanctuaries where these animals could feel ocean currents, hear wild pods, and still be cared for as long as they need,” writes Lee.  2016
Iron Maiden conclude their Book of Souls tour. They played 72 live shows in 36 countries on six of the seven continents.  2016
Following frontman Chester Bennington’s death eleven songs spanning Linkin Park’s entire catalog receive platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition, “Minutes To Midnight,” is recognized for sales of over 5-million copies.  2017
After a Fall Out Boy team member tests positive for COVID-19 the band cancels New York and Boston shows (“out of an abundance of caution”) on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Weezer.  2021