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FIRST NUMBER ONE HIT ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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The Everly Brothers (Phil on the left, Don on the right) singing on
The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957.

Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the
three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and
blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles
or the Byrds. To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers,
whose ringing, close-harmony style introduced a whole new sound into the
rock-and-roll vocabulary: the sound of Appalachia set to hard-driving
acoustic guitars and a subtle backbeat rhythm. One of the most important
and influential groups in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers
burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, "Bye Bye Love,"
which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, "Wake Up Little Susie,"
which topped the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1957.  (History.com)

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NEWS THAT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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SANDY KOZEL

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Meet the Beatles! was the first US Beatles album to be issued by
Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the
popular album chart on 15 February 1964 and remained at the
number one spot for eleven weeks before being replaced by The
Beatles’
Second Album
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Sir Roderick (Rod) David Stewart is 73 years old today.


Rod Stewart released over 60 hit singles and, in 2008, was named the 17th
most successful artist on the The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.

In 2006, he won a Grammy Award for the best Best Traditional Pop Vocal
Album for Stardust…The Great American Songbook Volume III. He has a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which was received in 2007.


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IT WAS NUMBER-ONE ON THIS DAY IN 1960

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The Drifters was a group centered around lead singer Benjamin Nelson and originally called the Five Crowns. With that group taking on the new name
"the Drifters," and with Nelson changing his name to Ben E. King, a new
era of success for the group began.
They scored immediate hits with "There
Goes My Baby" (1959) and "This Magic Moment" (1960) followed by the song
that topped the Billboard pop charts on this day in 1960, "Save The Last
Dance For Me."


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FIRST NUMBER-ONE HIT ON THIS DAY IN 1967

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James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) and The
Doors.

The song "Light My Fire" by the Doors was recorded in August 1966
and released in January 1967 on their
self-titled debut album. It was
released as an edited single on April 24, 1967, it spent three weeks
at at number 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart in late July, and one
week on the
Cash Box Top 100, nearly a year after its recording.

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TOP ALBUM ON THIS DAY IN 1991

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Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015)

Fifteen years and five #1 hits after breaking into the music industry by
working in a style completely different from her famous father’s, Natalie
Cole stopped distancing herself from Nat King Cole’s musical legacy
and instead embraced it, recording an entire album of standards from
her father’s old repertoire. Though it exposed her to charges of
exploiting his memory, it also gave Cole the biggest hit album of her
professional career: Unforgettable: With Love, which climbed to the
top of the Billboard 200 album chart on July 27, 1991.

Cole had "ongoing health issues". According to Cole’s publicist, Maureen O’Connor, the singer’s death was the result of congestive heart failure. She
was 65.
(HISTORY)

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Natalie and Nat King Cole singing.

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