This Day in Rock History: September 5
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On this day in rock history, an Aerosmith single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the only time in their career to date. But was it for “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion” or even “Janie’s Got a Gun?” No. The song was “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” the power ballad that was featured in the 1998 summer blockbuster, Armageddon.
A trio of memorable albums was released on Sept. 5. Jethro Tull’s Minstrel in the Gallery saw them recording — Exile on Main Street-style — with their own mobile recording studio in Monte Carlo. Minstrel toned down the orchestral sounds of the previous year’s War Child by using David (now Dee) Palmer’s string quartet arrangements. In 1989, Soundgarden put out their second LP and major-label debut, Louder Than Love. It saw their blend of classic metal and alternative begin to find an audience, reaching No. 108 on the Billboard 200.
The Rolling Stones gave us A Bigger Bang on Sept. 5, 2005. They went with a harder, more stripped-down approach to the recording — with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts handling nearly all of the instrumentation – which led to the inevitable comparisons with 1978’s punk-influenced Some Girls. Oh yeah and on this day in 1946 one of rock’s most charismatic and talented singers, Queen‘s Freddie Mercury, was born.
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.
Aerosmith have their first No. 1 single, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
Freddie Mercury (Queen) (1946)
See Aerosmith and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the ’80s