1987: The East LA band, Los Lobos had the number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with a remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", from the movie of the same name. Singer Cesar Rosas said that the song itself is a traditional Mexican tune that means "wedding song".
1973: Deep Purple received a Gold record for "Smoke On the Water", which hit #5 in the US on its way to selling over two million copies. It was the band's biggest success since "Hush", which also reached #5 in 1968.
1966: Bobby Hebb saw his own composition, "Sunny", become the best selling single in America when it reached the top of the Cashbox chart. The tune has been covered by dozens of other artists, but none achieved the success of the original.