1968: Decca Records releases what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.
1986: Steve Winwood, former lead vocalist for The Spencer Davis Group, had the number one record in the US with "Higher Love". It made #13 in the UK.
1987: The East LA band, Los Lobos had the number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with a remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", from the movie of the same name. Singer Cesar Rosas said that the song itself is a traditional Mexican tune that means "wedding song."
1971: Canada's Five Man Electrical Band saw their hit single "Signs" peak at #3 on the US Pop chart. It would go on to sell over a million copies and be awarded a Gold Record by the R.I.A.A. A string of other hits followed: "Absolutely Right", "Money Back Guarantee", "Moonshine", "Werewolf", and "I'm A Stranger Here", but none could match the band's earlier success.
1982: Led Zeppelin lead vocalist Robert Plant's solo L.P. "Pictures at Eleven", is awarded a Gold record. It was his first recorded work since the group disbanded in the wake of the death of drummer John Bonham.