1974: David Essex received a Gold record for the hit "Rock On", which made #5 in the US and #3 in the UK.

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1985: At the 57th annual Academy Awards, Prince wins the Best Original Song Score Oscar for "Purple Rain" and Stevie Wonder is awarded Best Original Song for "I Just Called To Say I Love You".

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1973: The O'Jays followed their Billboard #3 hit, "Back Stabbers" by topping the chart with "Love Train".

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1968: Blue Cheer enter the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with their Heavy Metal version of Eddie Cochran's 1958 hit "Summertime Blues". The single would rise to #14 and helped push the album "Vincebus Eruptum" to #11. Jim Morrison of The Doors called the trio "The single most powerful band I've ever seen."

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1980: Although they had found the UK chart with several earlier entries, The Jam top the list for the first time with "Going Underground". They would repeat this success three more times before disbanding in 1982. Despite their immense popularity in Britain, the band never found an audience in North America.

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