1961: The Miracles' "Shop Around" becomes Motown Record's first million-selling single. It was the label's first #1 hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart, also reaching #2 on the Hot 100. In the following ten years, The Miracles will have six more million sellers.
1967: The Monkees saw their second album, "More of The Monkees" leap from position 122 to number 1. The Fabricated Four only provided the vocals and were backed by some of the finest studio musicians around, like Glen Campbell and Neil Sedaka. The L.P. contained the hits, "I'm a Believer" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and was produced by Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager, Tommy Boyce and others. After being pressured by the press, The Monkees later announced that they would play their own instruments on all future recordings.
1967: The Beatles and George Martin added the orchestral crescendos to "A Day In The Life", using a 40-piece orchestra. Martin would later recall that when he told some of Britain's finest musicians that they were to play twenty-four bars of cacophonous, improvised crescendo, "They all looked at me as though I were completely mad."
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.