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The single “Heartbreak Hotel” topped Billboard‘s Top 100 chart for
seven weeks, Cashbox‘s pop singles chart for six weeks. It was No.
1 on the Country and Western chart for seventeen weeks and went
to No. 3 on the R&B chart, becoming Presley’s first million-seller,
and one of the best-selling singles of 1956. The song reached the
top 5 of Country and best-selling singles of 1956. It also reached
the top 5 of Country and Western, pop, and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues charts
simultaneously and would eventually be certified double platinum
by the
Recording Industry Association of America.

In 1995 "Heartbreak Hotel" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of
, and in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the "500
Songs of All Time". That year it was also included in the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s "500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll".


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Elvis Presley holding framed gold record of “Heartbreak Hotel”
while in a recording studio

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Smokey Robinson and The Miracles recording of “I Second That Emotion”
peaked for three weeks in the United States at #4 on the
Billboard pop
singles chart
in December 1967. It became the Miracles highest charting
popular single since "
Shop Around".

The song also topped the Billboard Black Singles Chart and was a million-
selling hit for The Miracles, their sixth overall.


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today in history


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On this day in 1931.

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On this day in 1962, the above three scientists shared the Nobel
Prize for their DNA work.

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The Anthrax scare hits CBS in New York on this day in

CBS News announced that an employee in Dan Rather’s office had tested
positive for skin anthrax.

The FBI and Postal Service announced a $1 million reward for information
leading to the arrest of those responsible for the anthrax mailings.



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On this day in 2001, four disciples of Osama bin Laden, convicted in the
1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, were sentenced
to life in prison and ordered to pay $33 million in restitution to victims.

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On this day in 1968, two black athletes, Tommie Smith (center) and John
Carlos, (right) were suspended by the
U.S. Olympic Committee for giving
a "black power" salute during a ceremony at the Summer Olympics in
Mexico City.

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Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)

Chuck Berry is one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll who released influential
songs such as "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode."

He became immortalized for songs such as "Roll Over Beethoven," which
reached  #29 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

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Four-time Grammy Award-winning actress and singer Olivia Newton-John 
gained fame in Grease (1978) and released the double platinum album
Physical. She has sold over 100 million records and has released over 10 
Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles. She formed an all-girl group, Sol Four,
with three of her classmates during her teens.

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The Newbeats: Brothers Dean and Marc Mathis and Larry Henley

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Lawrence Joel "Larry" Henley was born in Arp, TX.
(June 30, 1937 – December 18, 2014)

Larry Henley was the lead singer of the pop group The
Newbeats, formed in the 1964, singing in a distinctive
falsetto. The group had two hits that charted in the top
20 of Billboard magazine, with one of them, "Bread and
", reaching No. 2 on the chart and selling over a
million copies. They toured Australia and New Zealand
with Roy Orbison, Ray Columbus and the Invaders and
Rolling Stones on the "Big Beat ’65" tour. The group’s
last single was released in 1974. Henley had a solo album,
Piece a Cake, released in 1975.

Henley died of Lewy Body Dementia in Nashville, Tenn.
at age 77. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and
Alzheimer’s diseases.


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