1978: Steve Martin's novelty tune "King Tut" peaks at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly three months after it was featured in a skit on TV's Saturday Night Live. Some of the backing musicians on the track, who called themselves the Toot Uncommons, were actually members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The record, which paid homage to Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, would go on to sell over a million copies.
1984: Prince started a 24 week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart with his sixth album, "Purple Rain". The RIAA lists it as having gone Platinum 13 times over.
1968: Gary Puckett And The Union Gap led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their third million seller, "Lady Willpower". The song reached #2 on the Billboard chart and #5 in the UK.
1980: Deep Purple scored their third UK #1 album with "Deepest Purple", a collection of their greatest hits up to that time.
1964: The title track from The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night topped the record charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The film was originally titled Beatlemania until producers heard an offhanded comment by Ringo Starr as he flopped into a canvas chair and said "It's been a hard day's night, that was."