1988: Former member of The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, Steve Winwood had the number 1 song in the US this week with "Roll With It". It stayed at the top for four weeks, making it the number one song of the year. In the UK however, the record stalled at #53. Winwood's next release, "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" also made it into the US Top Ten, while the following singles, "Holding On" and "One and Only Man" cracked the Top Twenty.
1972: Gilbert O'Sullivan started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)". O'Sullivan would later say that the song is not autobiographical, as he did not cry when his father died, and his mother was still alive at the time the song was written.
1976: The Steve Miller Band's album, "Fly Like an Eagle" goes Gold, on its way to Platinum. The LP features the title track (which makes it to #2), "Take the Money and Run" (#11), "Rock'n Me" (#1) and "Jet Airliner" (#8).
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is released in America, where it would become their highest charting single, reaching #8. If you listen carefully, you can hear Ronnie Van Zant shout "Turn it up", asking producer Al Kooper and engineer Rodney Mills to turn up the volume in his headphones so that he could hear the track better.
1974: John Denver earns a Gold record for his all-time biggest hit, "Annie's Song", a tribute to his then wife, Annie Martell. Denver would later say that he wrote the song in 10 minutes while he was on a ski-lift. Sadly, he and Annie would divorce in 1982.