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Today In Pop Music: July 16 – The UK’s Favorite #1 Single Of All Time

JULY 16 BIRTHDAYS

1941 – Desmond Dekker (one hit wonder – “Israelites”)

1947 – Stewart Copeland (The Police/drums)

ON THIS DAY

1962 – The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records making millions for themselves and the label in ensuing years.

1966 – Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker formed ‘Cream’.  The group only lasted two years, but in that time produced some of rock’s greatest classic hits including “Sunshine of Your Love”, “Strange Brew”, “White Room”, and “Badge”.

1977 – Shaun Cassidy topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a remake of The Crystals hit “Da Doo Ron Ron”, his only #1 hit.

1981 – Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, known for his songs “Cats In The Cradle”, “Taxi”, and “W-O-L-D”, died after suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York Expressway.  His car was then hit from behind by a tractor trailer, causing the gas tank to explode.  He was only 38 years old.

2009 – The White Stripes played their shortest live show ever at a venue in Canada.  Jack White played a single C# note on his guitar while bandmate Meg accompanied him with a bass drum and crash cymbal hit.  At the end of the one note show, Jack announced “We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada.” They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in the same venue.

2012 – Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” narrowly edged out Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” as the UK’s favorite #1 single.  The Beatles “Hey Jude” came in at #5.

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