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SINGLE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1967

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The Afro-Cuban music sound in “Groovin” included a conga, a Cuban-
influenced bass guitar line from ace session musician Chuck Rainey,
and a harmonica part, performed first for the single version by New
York session musician, Michael Weinstein, and later for the album
version by Gene Cornish.

The single became an instant hit in May of 1967, spending four weeks
atop the Billboard pop singles chart, but not four consecutive weeks
because the sequence was interrupted by Aretha Franklin‘s "Respect"
which spent a week at No. 1 in the middle of "Groovin’"’s run. The song
was RIAAcertified a gold record on June 13, 1967.

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NUMBER-ONE ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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SINGLE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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The song “Surf City’ was released in May of 1963 and two months later
became the first surf song to reach number one on national record charts,
remaining at the top of Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. The single also
crossed over to the Billboard R&B Chart where it peaked at number 3.

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SINGLE RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1964

The song “Can’t Buy Me Love” was the third of seven songs by the Beatles
to hit #1 in a one-year period, an all-time record, and spent five consecutive
weeks at the top. Rolling Stone ranked "Can’t Buy Me Love" at No. 295 on
their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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SINGLE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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The song "There Goes My Baby" was the first single by the second incarnation
of the Drifters (previously known as the 5 Crowns), who assumed the group
name in 1958 after manager George Treadwell fired the remaining members
of the original lineup. The single reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100
and number one on the Billboard R&B chart and on the Cash Box sales chart
for two weeks, in the summer of 1959. It was Ben E. King’s debut recording as
lead singer of the group and also introduced the idea of using violins.

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THE DRIFTERS, 2017.

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