1971: Motown's The Undisputed Truth had their only hit on Billboard's Top 40 chart when "Smiling Faces Sometimes" peaks at #3. Future singles wouldn't make it any higher than #63.
1981: The Techno-Pop duo of Marc Almond and David Ball, who call themselves Soft Cell, perform their current UK #1 hit "Tainted Love" on Top Of The Pops. In the US, the tune will reach #8 and spend a total of 43 weeks on the charts.
1965: The Beatles release "Yesterday", on which only Paul is actually playing. More than 2,500 cover versions of the song exist, making it one of the most recorded songs in history.
1962: Tommy Roe had his first number one hit when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. The tune was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins. Roe's recording success would continue until 1971, during which time he had five more Top 10 hits.
1968: Decca Records releases what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.