1973: Paul McCartney releases "Live and Let Die", the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. It will reach #2 in the US and #9 in the UK.
1974: The Hues Corporation had the top tune in the US with "Rock The Boat". The song features a lead vocal by Fleming Williams, who left the group shortly after the song was recorded.
1973: Dobie Gray is awarded a Gold record for the biggest hit of his career, "Drift Away". In 2002, Gray re- recorded this as a duet with Uncle Kracker. When the track reached the Billboard Top 10 in 2003, 30 years after the original, Gray broke the record for the biggest gap between US Top 10 appearances.
1964: "I Get Around" becomes the first US number one single for The Beach Boys. In the UK, it would be the band's first Top Ten hit, reaching #7. The B-side of the single was "Don't Worry Baby", which itself charted at number 24 in America. Although all of the Beach Boys either played or sang on the record, noted session man Hal Blaine was brought in to play drums.