1962: Britain's BBC bans Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's "Monster Mash". Although the song is neither obscene or controversial, it's about a horror movie party and like many other songs, is banned under a catch-all regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed "offensive."
1977: Billy Joel's breakthrough album, "The Stranger", enters the Billboard album chart, where it would crack the Top 10. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles ("Just The Way You Are" - #3, "Movin' Out" - #17, "Only The Good Die Young" - #24 and "She's Always A Woman" - #17) and would be his first effort to reach the UK album chart.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform "Beast Of Burden" on NBC's Saturday Night Live, propelling it to its peak position of #8 on the Hot 100 a month later.
1969: George Harrison's song "Something" is released as the "A" side of a Beatles' 45, a first for Harrison. Along with Lennon and McCartney's "Come Together", the single will reach number one in the US next month.