1963: Peter, Paul And Mary's version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later on its way to #2. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2004 it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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1962: Tommy Roe's "Sheila" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #93, on its way to #1 by September 1st. The slow buildup of global sales of the record kept the R.I.A.A. from awarding Tommy a Gold record until 1969.

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1963: Del Shannon's cover version of the Beatles' "From Me To You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American charts, where it would stay for four weeks, reaching #77. The Beatles' rendition climbed only to #116. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the popular British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

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1974: Gordon Lightfoot is awarded a Gold record for his LP "Sundown" on the strength of the title tune, which went to #1, and "Carefree Highway" which climbed to #10.

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1970: Ray Stevens achieved the first of his two Billboard number one hits when "Everything Is Beautiful" reached the top. His second came almost exactly four years later with "The Streak".

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