1964: The Animals had their only number one hit on Billboard's Hot 100 when "House of the Rising Sun" reached the top. To promote the group in the US, disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped with special promotional material. The band would continue to turn out hits like "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Monterey" and "San Franciscan Nights" before splitting up at the end of the decade.
1971: Motown's The Undisputed Truth had their only hit on Billboard's Top 40 chart when "Smiling Faces Sometimes" peaks at #3. Future singles wouldn't make it any higher than #63.
1981: The Techno-Pop duo of Marc Almond and David Ball, who call themselves Soft Cell, perform their current UK #1 hit "Tainted Love" on Top Of The Pops. In the US, the tune will reach #8 and spend a total of 43 weeks on the charts.
1965: The Beatles release "Yesterday", on which only Paul is actually playing. More than 2,500 cover versions of the song exist, making it one of the most recorded songs in history.
1962: Tommy Roe had his first number one hit when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. The tune was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins. Roe's recording success would continue until 1971, during which time he had five more Top 10 hits.