This Day in Rock History: August 6
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On this day in rock history, the Beatles released the soundtrack to Help!, with seven of its 14 songs featured in the band’s new color film. One of the non-film songs featured on the album is “Yesterday,” the most covered song in history.
Guns N’ Roses saw Appetite for Destruction finally reach No. 1 on this date, more than a year after its release. Neil Young issued his emotional tribute to Kurt Cobain, Sleeps with Angels, while Tom Petty released She’s the One. The latter served as the soundtrack for a film of the same name, written and directed by Edward Burns.
The Small Faces began their well-respected career with the debut single “Whatcha Gonna Do,” a No. 14 UK hit. (Ian Samwell wrote the lyric to match music already in place by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane.) And Steven Tyler fell off a stage, a mishap serious enough that Aerosmith cancelled their tour. He was hospitalized with head and neck injuries, and later admitted to being high at the time.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
The Beatles, Help! (1965)
Neil Young, Sleeps with Angels (1994)
Tom Petty, She’s the One (1996)
The Small Faces release the debut single, “Whatcha Gonna Do” (1965)
Guns N’ Roses reach No. 1 with Appetite for Destruction (1988)
Steven Tyler falls off a stage (2009)
See the Beatles and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the ’60s