On this day in 1958, “The Chipmunk Song” hit #1 on the Hot 100, the last Christmas song to ever top the chart.

The Vogues were the special guests on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” on this day in 1968.

The #1 song on the radio, on this day in 1971, “Brand New Key” by Melanie.

On this day in 1979,  Rupert Holmes hits #1 with “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” on the Hot 100. It retained the top spot for two more weeks, becoming the last chart-topper of the ’70s and the first of the ’80s.

Madonna started a six-week run at No.1 on this day in 1984, with “Like A Virgin,” her first US No.1. Family groups sought to ban the song as they believed that the song promoted sex without marriage.

Gregg Allman made his acting debut on this day in 1991, as a drug kingpin in the movie “Rush.”

On this day in 2002, Joe Strummer, lead singer and guitarist from The Clash, dies of cardiac arrest at age 50.

And finally, after making a surprise appearance at a concert in The Villages, it was on this day in 2014, that Joe Cocker passed away. He had been fighting lung cancer and died at 70.

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