Today in Music History: Modest Mouse is No. 1 on the album charts

Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even San
Modest Mouse's 2007 release, 'We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank'. (c 2007 Epic Records.)

History Spotlight:

Today in 2007, Modest Mouse were at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, their fifth full-length studio album. The album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Miss., with producer Dennis Herring. It was Modest Mouse's only album that featured former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who was in the band from 2006 to 2009. James Mercer of The Shins also featured on the album, singing backing vocals on the tracks "We've Got Everything," "Missed The Boat," and "Florida." We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank was certified Gold by the RIAA, having shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the USA.

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1966 - The Troggs recorded "Wild Thing" at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and a No. 2 hit in the U.K. in June the following year.

1969 - The Beach Boys announced they were suing their record label, Capitol, for $2 million in unpaid royalties.

1970 - As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex-change operations.

1976 - The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when they appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology (now Bolton University) in Greater Manchester, England. The power was turned off after three songs.

1984 - Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parents' home in Los Angeles.

1985 - David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys', "California Girls", (which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals). Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.

1989 - The Bangles went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Eternal Flame".

1995 - Tupac Shakur is in jail (serving time for sexual abuse), but his third album Me Against the World hits #1, where it will stay for four weeks.

2000 - Santana started a nine-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Maria Maria."

2015 - Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife, died of cancer at age 75 in Mallorca, Spain.

2017 - After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.


Isley Brother Rudolph Isley is 81.

Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces was born today in 1946.

Soul and jazz poet Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron was born today in 1949.

John Barbata from The Turtles is 75.

Jimmy Cliff is 72.

Billy Currie of Ultravox is 70.

Henry Gross of Sha Na Na is 69.

Jeff Porcaro of Toto was born today in 1954.

Susan Boyle is 59.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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