1983: After leading the Billboard chart for seven weeks with "Billie Jean", Michael Jackson was back on top with "Beat It". His ten week run at the top was interrupted for a week by Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen".
1972: A Detroit, Michigan band called Gallery enters the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nice To Be With You", which will rise to #4 during its 13 week run. They will follow with two more Top 20 hits, "I Believe In Music" (#22) and "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" (#23) over the next eight months.
1968: The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like Galt MacDermot's "Hair" and "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", along with "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy to Be Hard". The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.
1979: Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert at UCLA's Royce Hall. He performs "Sir Duke" and Ellington's "C - Jam Blues".
1975: B.J. Thomas not only reached the top spot on both the Cash Box Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100, he also set a record for the number one song with the longest title with "Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song". The tune was not a hit in the UK.