1961: "Runaway" by Del Shannon charted a fourth week at #1. Ernie K-Doe was second with "Mother-In-Law" while Gene McDaniels held steady with "A Hundred Pounds of Clay". Linda Scott remained in the #4 position with "I've Told Every Little Star". The rest of the Top 10: "Daddy's Home" by Shep & the Limelites, Brenda Lee with "You Can Depend On Me", former #1 "Blue Moon" by the Marcels, Ricky Nelson jumped from 18 to 8 with "Travelin' Man", the Shirelles were back with "Mama Said" and Adam Wade with "Take Good Care of Her".
1963: Ray Charles won Best R&B Recording at the Grammies with "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1965: You won't find too many more days more important to music than this one. Rare is it that two artists of this caliber both debuted on the chart with the first singles of their careers. It was indeed a magical time in music, in fact a Renaissance in our lifetime. This Scottish artist would give us thought-provoking music for 10 years, enjoying 17 hits. On this date, his first single debuted on the chart. It was "Catch the Wind" from Donovan...
1965: This folk rock act gave us some great songs, recording 16 hits in just six years, including two of the Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era. After their split, many of the members went on to great success as they went their separate ways. On this date, the Byrds debuted on the chart with their first single--"Mr. Tambourine Man".
The Hermits had two of the Top Ten
1967: Paul McCartney went to the Bag O' Nails club in London, where he meets Linda Eastman, who would be Linda McCartney before long.
1971: Lobo hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo".
Neil Diamond's big hit...
1971: Three Dog Night made it five weeks at #1 with "Joy to the World". It was the supergroup's ninth hit and fifth Top 10 song. The Jackson 5 were next with "Never Can Say Goodbye", Ocean followed with "Put Your Hand in the Hand" and Bread edged up with "If". The rest of the Top 10: Lobo moved impressively from 10-5 with "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo", the Rolling Stones were up to 6 with "Brown Sugar", Aretha Franklin's version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", was #7, the Bells with "Stay Awhile", Neil Diamond was on the way down with "I Am...I Said" and Daddy Dewdrop dropped with "Chick-A-Boom".
1998: Sonny and Cher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born This Day:
1937: Trini Lopez ("If I Had a Hammer" in 1963) was born in Dallas, Texas.
1947: Graeham Goble, singer-songwriter, guitarist and a founding member of Little River Band and later a record producer, was born in Adelaide, Australia.
1948: Brian Eno, keyboardist and synthesizer player with Roxy Music and record producer with U2, the Talking Heads, and others, was born in Woodbridge, England.
1948: Gary Thain, bassist of Uriah Heap, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand; died from drugs December 8, 1975.
1951: Dennis, Frederiksen, lead singer of Angel, LeRoux and Toto, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1953: Mike Oldfield, the artist behind the haunting "Tubular Bells", the theme used in the great movie The Exorcist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania.
1982: Jessica Sutta of the Pussycat Dolls was born in Miami, Florida.