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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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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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SINGLE RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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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
Fame
, and in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the "500
Greatest
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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SINGLE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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John Lennon‘s voice was practically fried the night they recorded "Twist and
Shout." He had a bad cold and producer George Martin knew they didn’t have
much time to nail down the vocal. Lennon gargled milk and took a cough drop
before stepping into the booth and delivered his throat-shredding take on the
Isley Brothers’ classic. "That song nearly killed me," Lennon said. "My voice
wasn’t the same for a long time after; every time I swallowed, it was like
sandpaper. I was always bitterly ashamed of it, because I could sing better
than that, but now it doesn’t bother me." (Rolling Stone)

"Twist and Shout" was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover
record, and the only Beatles cover single to reach the Top 10 on a national
record chart. The song failed to hit #1 because the Beatles had another song
occupying the top spot, "Can’t Buy Me Love".

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SINGLE RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1975

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The Four Seasons single “December,1963 (Oh What A Night)” hit number
one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1976. It repeated the feat
on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top
spot for three weeks and one week on Cash Box. Billboard ranked it as
the No. 4 song for 1976. It was the Four Seasons’ final song, as a group,
to reach number one. (Valli would have one final chart-topper as a solo
act in 1978 with the theme song from the film Grease.)

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