Originally formed in 1976 as Malice then change their name to Easy Cure after several lineup changes, front-man Robert Smith finally settled on The Cure before they signed their first big record contract.
The band has always been known for their Goth-Post Punk-New Wave style thanks mostly to their leader, Smith.
1989's Disintegration would be their most successful album to date with the album giving them their first No. 1 songs on the Modern Rock Charts.
This date in 1989 would find The Cure's "Fascination Street" in the middle of a seven week run as the No. 1 song on that chart.
In March of 1981, Billboard Magazine, the industry standard for charting music, developed the Top Tracks chart in an effort to keep the pulse of rock tracks that were hits played by Album Rock radio stations but not necessarily Top 40 hits.
The chart would change names a few times, from Top Tracks to Top Rock Tracks to Album Rock Tracks eventually landing in 1996 on what it is known today, the Mainstream Rock chart.
The first No. 1 was Eric Clapton's "I Can't Stand It."
On this date in 1981, a then 30-year-old Tom Petty would grab his first No. 1 on the chart with "The Waiting."
Since then the song has appeared in episodes of The Simpsons and The Office among other TV shows. It's also used at many sporting events when plays are under "official review"
Paul David Hewson was born on this date in 1950 in Dublin, Ireland. His nickname, Bono Vox of O'Connell Street, was given to him by his friend and fellow musician Gavin Friday in the 1970's.
Hewson originally didn't like the nickname until he learned Bono Vox was a loosely translated Latin term meaning "good voice."
He met fellow bandmates David Evans (The Edge), Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton and they performed as Feedback and The Hype before finally changing the name of the band to U2 when Evans' brother Dik left the band.
Bono is one of the world's best known philanthropic performers receiving many accolades for his contributions. He was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2005.
Bono's private equity company was an early investor in Facebook buying a 1.5% stake. A year ago his stake was valued at $1 billion. The band's last No. 1 on the Rock Charts in the 80s was 1989's "Angel of Harlem," recorded at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis.
William Martin Joel has amassed six Grammy Awards after having been nominated 23 times. He's in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame.
Even though he stopped recording albums 20 years ago, the last being 1993's River of Dreams, he is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist (after Elvis and Garth Brooks).
His last No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was a song that contained 100 rapid-fire allusions to events that happened between the year he was born, 1949 and the year the song was recorded, 1989. The song was "We Didn't Start the Fire".
In his long career with the group Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey has racked up quite a legacy.
His four-octave vocal range and distinctive falsetto have earned him seven Grammy Awards, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and he's also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with the band.
He's also done some solo work and in 1984 enlisted Phil Collins to co-write and produce the No. 2 hit "Easy Lover." The video for the song won an MTV Video Music Award and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.
They got their name from an article in the British rock Magazine "Sounds," which described the band Queen as a "cutting crew," meaning a band that didn't play live shows but stayed in studios recording new songs.
Determined to get signed to a record label, the band Cutting Crew staged a showcase in London for many labels and got signed by a subsidiary of Virgin Records.
The first single released by the band, and their only No. 1, would also be the first No. 1 in the US for Virgin Records.
On this date in 1987, "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" started a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100.