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Today In Music: 2nd May

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From chart debuts to social-justice, today's lesson in music history has it all. Read on to find out what happened on May 2nd through the years. 

1936: Billboard magazine published its first pop music chart. The first #1 song was "I Love You Truly" by Guy Lombardo. It held the No. 1 spot for two weeks.


1964: The Beach Boys released their single "I Get Around," which became their first US #1 hit, and helped establish them as an act of note in the surf-rock genre. 


1972: The Rolling Stones released their album "Exile on Main St." The double album featured a mix of rock, blues, and soul influences and has since been hailed as a masterpiece of the genre.


1983: Michael Jackson began his "Thriller" world tour in Kansas City, Missouri. The tour would go on to be one of the most successful in history. It supported his landmark album of the same name, which remains the best-selling album of all time with over 110 million copies sold worldwide.


2018: Childish Gambino released the music video for his hit single "This Is America". The video, which featured powerful imagery related to race and violence in America, quickly went viral and sparked a nationwide conversation about these important issues.

Words: Thomas Jackson 

Header Image: The Rolling Stones by Falke-Hagen Bernhausen