1964: Jan And Dean's "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" peaks at #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. Although they would place five more songs in the US Top 40, this would be their final Top 10 entry.
1968: The Beatles laid down the bed tracks for "Hey Jude" during the first of a two day session in London. A 36 piece orchestra would be added the following day.
1986: The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.
1963: With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sends disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe".
1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top spot of the Billboard Pop singles chart with "Sh-Boom", a song that many consider to be the premier forerunner of 1950s Rock and Roll. The tune stayed at the top for seven weeks.