1972: The Temptations' version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" gave the Motown group their fourth US number one song. The Temps' Otis Williams would later say that he considers "Papa" to be the last real classic the group recorded. An earlier rendition by The Undisputed Truth had stalled at number 63.
1982: After nearly eight months in production, Michael Jackson's milestone album "Thriller" is released. Seven of the album's nine songs were issued as singles and all reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP won a record-breaking eight awards at the 1984 Grammys and would become the largest selling album of all time, worldwide.
1974: Former Kris Kristofferson sideman Billy Swan had the best selling record in America with "I Can Help", a song he recorded in just two takes.
1969: Blood, Sweat And Tears see a third single, "And When I Die", peak at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Spinning Wheel" also topped out at the second spot earlier in the year.
1987: Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes combined their talents to take "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his third chart topper and her second. The song would go on to win the 1987 Grammy award for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo and an Oscar for Best Film Song.