On this day in 1964, The Temptations released what became their first charting single, “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” It peaked at #11, the version done by UB40 peaked at #6.
Elvis Presley recorded eight takes of “Suspicious Minds,” on this day in 1969. The recording session took place between 4 and 7 a.m. and the song became Presley’s 17th and last #1 single here is the U.S.
On this day in 1971, “Knock Three Times” by Dawn was the #1 song.
On this day in 1978, Terry Kath, a founding member of the band Chicago, accidentally and fatally shot himself at age 31. It happened at a party where Kath had picked up a 9 mm handgun. He showed fellow members that the magazine was empty and placed the gun against his head. Unfortunately for Kath there was one round in the chamber, he died instantly.
Michael Jackson hit No.1, on this day in 1988, with “The Way You Make Me Feel.” It was the third single from the album Bad, for which Jackson had written over sixty songs. Bad has sold over 35 million copies making it Jackson’s second biggest seller behind Thriller.
Over on the album chart, at age 16, Tiffany becomes the youngest female singer with a #1 album in the US when her self-titled debut hit the top spot.
On this day in 1990, original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins, a survivor of their 1977 plane crash, died of pneumonia. He is credited with co-writing many of Skynyrd’s biggest songs including “Free Bird,” “That Smell,” and “Tuesday’s Gone.”
And on this day in 2000, it was Britney Spears, on The Simpsons, in the episode “The Mansion Family,” where she presents the award for Springfield’s oldest man.
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