1974: James Brown receives a Gold record for the single "The Payback", which had topped the Billboard R&B chart. It would also peak at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May, becoming his second and final single to be certified Gold by the RIAA.
1961: Paul Revere And The Raiders' first US chart hit, "Like Long Hair" tops out at #38 on the Billboard chart. The song was a boogie-woogie arrangement of Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C-Sharp Minor" and featured Revere on piano.
1956: Buddy Holly's first single, "Blue Days, Black Nights" was released by Decca Records. The up-tempo, Country flavored tune proved to be a poor seller.
1966: In England, The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their first LP to feature all original material. It would soar to the top of the UK album chart and stay there for eight weeks.
1969: At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record "The Ballad of John and Yoko", The Beatles' single that didn't include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.