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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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RECORD RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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The Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone" was recorded as
part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway
61 Revisited
. The song reached No. 2 in the Billboard
charts (No. 1 in Cashbox) and became a worldwide hit.

Critics have described the song as revolutionary in its
combination of different musical elements, the youthful,
cynical sound of Dylan’s voice, and the directness of the
question "How does it feel?" "Like a Rolling Stone"
completed the transformation of Dylan’s image from
folk singer to rock star, and is considered one of the
most influential compositions in postwar popular music.
(Wikipedia)

At an auction in 2014, Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to the
song fetched $2 million, a world record for a popular
music manuscript.


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RECORD RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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The single, "Jailhouse Rock" spent one week at the top of the country
charts, and reached the number one position on the R&B chart. The
B-side "Treat Me Nice" (another song from the “Jailhouse Rock” movie
soundtrack) was a number-one hit for seven weeks in the fall of 1957.

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Elvis Presley during a “Jailhouse Rock” recording session.  

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MUSIC CHART BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1958

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Billboard Magazine introduced its "Hot 100" chart, which was part popularity and a barometer of the movement of potential hits. It quickly became the industry standard
and Billboard dropped the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13, 1958. The
first number one song on the “Hot 100” was Ricky Nelson’s "Poor Little Fool."

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Ricky Nelson (Eric Hilliard Nelson)
(May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985)

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RECORD RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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The instrumental song "Sleep Walk" was written and recorded by brothers Santo &
Johnny
Farina, with their uncle Mike Dee playing the drums. It was recorded at
Trinity Music in Manhattan, New York City. The single entered Billboard‘s Top
40
on August 17, 1959 and rose to the number 1 position for the last two weeks
in September and remained in the Top 40 until November 9. It also reached
number 4 on the R&B chart and was the last instrumental to hit number one in
the 1950s and earned Santo & Johnny a gold record.
 

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