1963: Decca Records releases "Come On", The Rolling Stones' first single. It would go on to peak at #21 in the UK. That same night, the group makes their TV debut on the BBC's Thank Your Lucky Stars. After the show, its producer is reported to have told Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham to get rid of "that vile looking singer with the tire-tread lips."
1964: The Dixie Cups became the first American group to top the Billboard chart in 1964 when "Chapel of Love" went to number one. Up until then, the year had been dominated by The Beatles and US solo performers. The song reached #22 in the UK.
1971: James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" is released. Of the 14 US Top 40 hits he will achieve, this will be his only chart topper.
1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born In The USA", which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone.