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Musical Milestones
Musical Milestones

1962 – Recorded in 1958, David Rose and His Orchestra’s bold, brassy instrumental, “The Stripper,” shines in the spotlight for a week as the No. 1 single. In 1967, the track makes a comeback in a TV commercial for Noxzema shaving cream.

1969 – Only three of the four Beatles are on hand to record “Here Comes the Sun” at EMI Studios in London. John Lennon missed the session because he was recovering from a car accident in Scotland. The track is on the band’s “Abbey Road” album.

1973 – Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles” rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks.

1979 – One-hit-wonder Anita Ward enjoys her second and final week on top of the pop chart with the disco hit “Ring My Bell.”

1984 – “Born in the U.S.A.,” by Bruce Springsteen, begins four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The album becomes one of the biggest sellers of all time as it spawns seven top-10 singles, including the title track, “Dancing in the Dark,” “Glory Days” and “I’m on Fire.” It also garners a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

1984 – Prince starts a five-week run on top of the singles chart with “When Doves Cry,” off the “Purple Rain” soundtrack. It’s Prince’s first No. 1 and goes on to become the best-selling single of 1984. 

1990 – New Kids on the Block are No. 1 on the pop chart with “Step by Step.”

2001 – Usher kicks off four weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “U Remind Me.”

2010 – Paul McCartney joins Ringo Starr on stage during a concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to help celebrate the former Beatles drummer’s 70th birthday.