1973: Jim Croce's, "Bad Bad Leroy Brown", taken from his second LP, "Life and Times", was the number one song on Billboard's Hot 100. Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the Army a few years earlier.
1968: Iron Butterfly's classic album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" entered Billboard's Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band's second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to number 30, but the album climbed to number 4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".
1980: Queen enjoy their third UK #1 album with "The Game", which featured the singles "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Both of those releases topped the Billboard Hot 100 in America and the LP went on to sell over four million copies.
1960: Roy Orbison saw his first record, "Only The Lonely" climb into the Top 5 in the United States after The Everly Brothers and Elvis both turned the song down. Over the next six years, The Big O would have 22 Top 40 hits.