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.
1978: Nearly sixteen years after he topped the US record charts with "Sherry", Frankie Valli had the number one song again with the title track from the musical Grease. It went on to sell over 2 million in the States and was also a #3 hit in the UK.