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August 12th

1972Alice Cooper has a hit with ‘School’s Out’. It’s only No. 7 on the US singles chart but it hits No.1 today in the UK. Cooper said his inspiration for ‘School’s Out’ was from being asked what the greatest three minutes of his life was. His response: “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.’”

1978 - The Commodores start a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Written by Lionel Richie, the song is said to be about Richie’s love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’

1984 - Just like tonight but 28 years ago the Summer Olympics came to a close with musical preformances. Lionel Richie sang ‘All Night Long’ from the closing ceremonies in Los Angeles, California. The estimated audience for this broadcast was 2.6 billion people worldwide.

2000 - During an outdoor 38 Special concert in Mancos California, wind blows down ten tons of overhead equipment onto the stage.  It was mid-set, so thankfully no one was seriously injured, however the drum kit was completely crushed.

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