1984: Lionel Richie closed the Olympic Games in Los Angeles with his number one smash, "All Night Long". 2.6 billion people watched on their TV sets.
1962: A flood of new releases hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart, that will go on to be hit records. Mary Wells' "You Beat Me to the Punch", Ray Stevens' "Ahab the Arab", Johnny Tillotson's "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", The Marvelettes' "Beechwood 4-5789", The Contours' "Do You Love Me", The Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari", Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" and Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco".
1955: Two weeks after it cracked the Billboard R&B Top Ten, Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" enters the Pop chart at #23. It will peak at #5 and is now considered one of the pioneering Rock 'n' Roll singles..
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.
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".