1961: The Marvelettes’ first single, “Please Mr. Postman,” started seven weeks at the top of Billboard’s R&B chart. A month later, the song became the first Motown song to reach the top of the Hot 100 and was ultimately the Marvelettes’ only #1 record on both the R&B and pop chart.
1963: “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen was released. It became the group’s biggest hit, peaking at #4 in the US in early 1964 and #3 in the UK in 2010. The song is a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons, “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” and “The Bird’s the Word.”
1965: The Lovin’ Spoonful released their second single, “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.” In late January, the record reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1965: James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” entered the Billboard pop and R&B charts in the US. It became his highest charting song, topping the R&B chart, and reaching #3 on the Hot 100.
1965: The follow-up to their #1 hit, “Hand On Sloopy,” the McCoys’ cover of the Peggy Lee hit “Fever” entered the US Billboard Hot 100, eventually climbing to #7.
1968: Yellow Submarine, the animated movie based on the music of the Beatles, premiered in theaters across America.
1971: “An Old Fashioned Love Song” by Three Dog Night entered the Billboard Hot 100. It became the band’s seventh top 10 hit, peaking at #4.
1971: “Sunshine,” the first single from Jonathan Edward’s self-titled debut album entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song wasn’t originally planned for release, but after a studio engineer accidentally erased the tape of “Please Find Me,” the song intended for release, “Sunshine” was issued in its place. The single made it to #4 on the Hot 100 in mid-January the following year in addition to earning a gold record.
1971: Santana’s third studio album, Santana III, hit #1 in the US. It was the third and last album by the group’s Woodstock-era lineup, and subsequent releases were aimed towards a more experimental jazz fusion and Latin sound. The band didn’t have another #1 album in the US until Supernatural in 1999.
1976: “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart became his second #1 hit in the US, spending eight weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and later became the top selling single of 1977.
Nat Dove, blues keyboardist, was born in Mumford, TX in 1939.
John P. Hammond, singer, acoustic blues guitarist, harpist, and son of influential record producer, talent scout, and civil rights activist John H. Hammond, was born in New York City in 1942.
Timmy Thomas, R&B singer, keyboardist, songwriter and record producer, best known for his hit song, “Why Can’t We Live Together,” was born in Evansville, IN in 1944.
Toy Caldwell, lead guitarist, main songwriter, and a founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band, was born in Spartanburg, SC in 1947.
Terry Reid, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist who’s performed as a supporting act, session musician, and sideman for many high-profile musicians in addition to his own solo recordings, was born in Huntington, England in 1949.
Roger Steen, singer, songwriter, and guitarist with The Tubes, was born in Pipestone, MN in 1949.
Andrew Ranken, Pogues drummer and vocalist, was born in Ladbroke Grove, London, England in 1953.