1973: Elton John is awarded a Gold record for his two disc set, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", his third straight number one album.

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1975: Janis Ian performs "At Seventeen" on the very first broadcast of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live.

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1964: The Shangri-Las' "Leader Of The Pack" is released. Of their six US Top 40 hits, this will be their only number one. It reached #11 in the UK.

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1962: Britain's BBC bans Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's "Monster Mash". Although the song is neither obscene or controversial, it's about a horror movie party and like many other songs, is banned under a catch-all regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed "offensive."

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1977: Billy Joel's breakthrough album, "The Stranger", enters the Billboard album chart, where it would crack the Top 10. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles ("Just The Way You Are" - #3, "Movin' Out" - #17, "Only The Good Die Young" - #24 and "She's Always A Woman" - #17) and would be his first effort to reach the UK album chart.

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