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.

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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.

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1960: The Ventures "Walk Don't Run" enters the US Pop chart and introduces the instrumental Surf sound to Rock 'n' Roll. The song will peak at #2 a month later.

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1971: A cover version of "Indian Reservation", a number three hit in the UK by Don Fardon, went to number one in the US for The Raiders. The song was actually recorded by Mark Lindsay alone, but he chose to put the group's name on the label as a sign of friendship for his old buddy, Paul Revere.

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1983: "Synchronicity", the fifth and final studio album by The Police, went to #1 on the Billboard chart for the first of seventeen weeks. The LP contained the hit single, "Every Breath You Take", which would win Song Of The Year honors at next year's Grammy Awards.

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