1955: Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene" enters the Billboard R&B chart where it will reach #1 during an 11 week run. The song, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune "Ida Red", tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart.
1975: Van McCoy had the number one tune on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Hustle", a song that he claimed to have written in less than an hour. The Disco hit would reach #3 in the UK.
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
1968: The Beatles laid down the bed tracks for "Hey Jude" during the first of a two day session in London. A 36 piece orchestra would be added the following day.
1986: The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.