1979: Donna Summer had two songs in Billboard's Top Ten, as "Hot Stuff" sat at number 3 and "Bad Girls" was number 1.
1978: Britain's BBC announces a ban on The Sex Pistols' latest single "No One Is Innocent", which features vocals performed by Ronnie Biggs, a British criminal notorious for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. At the time of the recording, Biggs was living in Brazil, still wanted by the British authorities but immune from extradition. Despite the lack of radio play, the song would still reach number seven on the UK chart. As for Biggs, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom in 2001 and spent several years in prison before being released on compassionate grounds in 2009.
1980: Billy Joel had the best selling single in America with "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me", a number he wrote in the back of a car on the way to a recording session. The lyrics are sung from the prospective of a manager and an artist, arguing about remaining hip for the younger crowd vs. staying the course and letting the music speak for itself. The song would go on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.
1964: After being recorded on May 18th in just one take, The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" topped the UK chart.