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Today In Pop Music: October 2 – Shortest #1 Song In Rock And Roll History

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OCTOBER 2 BIRTHDAYS

1939 – Lolly Vegas (Redbone – vocals and guitar – ‘Come And Get Your Love’)

1941 – Ron Meagher (The Beau Brummels – ‘Just A Little’,’Laugh Laugh’)

1945 – Don McLean (‘American Pie’, ‘Crying’)

105- – Mike Rutherford (Genesis – Mike and the Mechanics)

1951 – Sting (real name: Gordon Sumner – The Police)

1955 – Phil Oakey (Human League – lead singer – synth – ‘Don’t You Want Me’, ‘Human’)

1956 – Freddie Jackson (‘You Are My Lady’)

1961 – Robbie Nevil (C’est La vie’)

ON THIS DAY

1961 – Phil Spector and business partner Lester Sill released the first single on their new label Philles, The Crystals ‘Oh Yeah Maybe Baby’.  Though not a hit, the had their first number 1 when The Crystals topped the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1962 with ‘He’s A Rebel’.

1971 – Rod Stewart topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his first solo hit ‘Maggie May’, which stayed at the top for four weeks.

1977 – The body of Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys were moved from the cemetery where they were buried to the grounds at Graceland.  The move was made necessary after an unsuccessful attempt to steal Elvis’ body and coffin.

2004 – Billy Joel married  (for the third time) 23 year old Kate Lee at his Centre Island, New York.  It lasted five years.

1959,  The original version of ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs entered the Billboard Hot 100 eventually peaking at #1. At just 1:37 (the label incorrectly reads 1:50), it became the shortest US chart topper in Rock and Roll history. (Jackson Browne’s cover made it to #20 in 1978.)

Maurice lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is still active in the music business.

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