1959: Lloyd Price reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart with "Stagger Lee", an up-dated version of an 1911 Folk song called "Stack-O-Lee" that was based on the murder of William "Billy" Lyons by Stagger Lee Shelton. Wilson Pickett would take the song to number 22 in 1967.
1975: The Ohio Players top the Billboard singles chart with "Fire" and the Hot 200 album chart with an LP of the same name.
1981: A Jersey City sextet called Kool And The Gang, which featured Robert "Kool" Bell on lead vocals, had the top tune in America with "Celebration". It would reach #7 in the UK and the Top Ten in six other countries.
1965: The Righteous Brothers led the US hit parade with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin". According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history.
1983: After cracking the US Top 10 in 1978 with "Hold The Line" (#5) and again in 1982 with "Rosanna" (#2), Toto has their first and only Billboard #1 hit with "Africa". Over the next five years, they would reach the Top 40 five more times.