We start on this day in 1956, when Elvis Presley released “Love Me Tender,” the first single to reach 1 million in pre-orders.
The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” hit #1 in America, on this day in 1968. It held the top spot for nine weeks, the longest of any Beatles single and was the No.1 selling single of 1968.
On this day in 1972, The Temptations released “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.”
One of the greatest albums ever was released on this day in 1976 and I added this to my record collection the day it was released. I am talking about Stevie Wonders’ “Songs in the Key of Life.” The album spent 13 weeks at #1 and sold over 10 million copies that year.
On this day in 1980, The Police went No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.” It only hit #10 over here, but did win a Grammy Award the following year.
We roll to this day in 1991, when Garth Brooks became the first country music artist to enter the Billboard Hot 200 album chart at #1. His “Ropin’ the Wind” had advance orders exceeding four million. It went on to spend eighteen weeks at #1, 70 weeks on the chart and sold over 11 million copies.
My little girl used to wear me out playing this song right here. The song is “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and on this day one year ago it sold it’s 10 millionth copy….WOW!
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