1974: Gordon Lightfoot is awarded a Gold record for his LP "Sundown" on the strength of the title tune, which went to #1, and "Carefree Highway" which climbed to #10.
1970: Ray Stevens achieved the first of his two Billboard number one hits when "Everything Is Beautiful" reached the top. His second came almost exactly four years later with "The Streak".
1942: Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", which would go on to become the biggest selling single of all time. Elton John would surpass that record with "Candle In The Wind (Princess Diana Tribute)" in 1997.
1966: "River Deep, Mountain High" by Ike and Tina Turner is released. The record will stay on the chart for just four weeks and stall at #88. Producer Phil Spector considered the song the high point of his production career and was so disappointed by its poor performance that he would go into seclusion for two years.
1957: "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly And The Crickets is released. The song would reach #1 in the UK and #3 in the US and was later ranked at #39 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. In 2005, the recording was placed in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."