1979: The biggest single of the summer, The Knack's "My Sharona" is awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies. The Knack's Doug Fieger wrote the song for his girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, whose picture appeared on the single's cover.
1970: "Looking Out My Back Door" by Credence Clearwater Revival enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to #2. Although some fans speculate that the song is about drugs because of its colorful, dream-like lyrics, writer John Fogerty said it was actually written for his then three-year old son, Josh.
1982: Marshall Crenshaw's "Someday Someway" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will peak at #36. The song was included in the soundtrack to the film Night Shift, which helped launch the careers of actors Michael Keaton and Shelley Long.
1964: The Kinks reach the UK charts for the first time with "You Really Got Me". The song will top the British list a month later and climb to #7 in the US.
1978: The Commodores have their first US number one single with "Three Times A Lady". Lionel Richie would later explain that he wrote the song after hearing his father give a touching speech at his 37th anniversary party. The record was also a UK #1.