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One Direction and More in This Week In Music

March 13: One Direction first album

On this day in 2012, The X Factor formed band, One Direction released their first album “Up All Night” in the US. The album was an incredible success, leading the band to the top of charts all over the world. In the album, names like Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, RedOne, Jamie Scott, Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Toby Gad and Carl Falk collaborated as well.

The success of the debut album was only the beginning of the unique career of what is arguably the most famous boy band and The X Factor product in the history of music.

2012 – One Direction’s first album “Up All Night” was released in the U.S. 

March 14: Ray Charles first solo performance in 53 years

Today in 1998, Ray Charles made his first solo performance in 53 years on the television shopping network QVC. The artist went on television to promote the first product from his merchandising and marketing company RCR Productions. He also promoted a book-and-CD set called Ray Charles – My Early Years.

During the show he performed hits like “Georgia On My Mind,” “Hit The Road Jack,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

March 15: KISS release Destroyer

On this day in 1976, American hard rock band KISS released their fourth studio album, Destroyer. Hits like “Detroit Rock City,” “God Of Thunder” and “Shout It Out Loud” launched the album to become one of fans’ favorite.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley’s album was released by Casablanca Records in the US. It was the third successive Kiss album to reach the top 40 in the US. Moreover, it reached the top also in Germany and New Zealand, opening the band’s way to the world.

March 16: Twisted Sister never released a record before

Today in 1979, Twisted Sister became the first band to sell out New York City’s Palladium. However, the interesting and shocking fact is that on this date they hadn’t released any record yet! The band signed a record deal only three years later. 

March 17: Bee Gees U.S. television debut

On March 17, 1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The brothers trio Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, formed in Redcliffe, Australia ten years earlier in 1958, at the time had released multiple studio albums. These included their hits “To Love Somebody” and “Words,” that the band performed at the show 

March 18: The Clash’ first single

On this day in 1977 The Clash shared their first single “White Riot.” The punk rock single came out together with the band’s self-titled debut album. Despite the existence of an official version, the band decided to release to use a demo version of the song that they had recorded earlier in 1976 at Beaconsfield Studios in Buckinghamshire with Julien Temple. In this way, the band achieved a rawer sound that would’ve been their brand since.

March 19: Tom & Jerry first single

In 1958 no one knew that two of the most loved musicians were hiding behind the name “Tom & Jerry.” When the duo released their first single “Our Song,” the name that would’ve forever stayed in history was still a secret. Only later, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel started using their own names.

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