1965: A British quartet called The Silkie record a Lennon / McCartney tune called "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", on which John Lennon was the producer, Paul McCartney played guitar and George Harrison kept time on a tambourine. The song would reach #28 in the UK and #10 in the US, but their only chance to tour America evaporated when band members were unable to obtain the necessary visas and work permits.

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1981: Joey Scarbury led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "Theme From The Greatest American Hero". Although follow-up hits eluded him, he would go on to find songwriting success in 1990 when he co-wrote The Oak Ridge Boys' #1 Country hit, "No Matter How High".

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1965: Wilson Pickett tops the Billboard R&B chart for the first time when "In The Midnight Hour" reaches #1. The song will climb to #21 on the Pop chart, followed by fifteen more hits over the next seven years.

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1981: Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna", which contained the singles, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Tom Petty) and "Leather and Lace" (with Don Henley).

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1978: Steve Martin's novelty tune "King Tut" peaks at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly three months after it was featured in a skit on TV's Saturday Night Live. Some of the backing musicians on the track, who called themselves the Toot Uncommons, were actually members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The record, which paid homage to Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, would go on to sell over a million copies.

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