August 17, 2017

  Tab Hunter had the top tune on the UK chart with “Young Love” for the first of a three-week run. 

August 11, 2017

Petula Clark had her first UK #1 single with a song called “Sailor”. During her career, she achieved a total of 20 UK top 40 hits as well as 15 Top 40 hits in the US.

August 11, 2017

Ruby And The Romantics‘ “Our Day Will Come” enters the Billboard charts. It will hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B list in March and will be the group’s biggest hit.

The Chiffons‘ “He’s So Fine” enters the Hot 100. The song had been rejected by ten different record companies before Laurie Records decided to take a chance on it. By the end of March, it will top both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts and reach #16 in the UK.

  The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show for the third consecutive week. The taped segment showed The Fab Four performing “Twist and Shout”, “Please Please Me” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. Sullivan tells his audience that the group are “fine professional singers.”

Englebert Humperdinck‘s “Release Me” sat atop the UK record chart, preventing “Penny Lane” / “Strawberry Fields Forever” from becoming The Beatles’ 12th number one hit.  

The first annual Juno Awards, Canada’s version of the Grammys, was held in Toronto. The awards had existed since 1964 under the name The RPM Gold Leaf Awards, which were established by Walt Grealis, editor and publisher of RPM magazine.   

A collection of former studio musicians who call themselves Toto win Album Of The Year for “Toto IV” and Record Of The Year for “Rosanna”, at the 25th Grammy Awards. Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” wins Song Of The Year and Marvin Gaye takes home his first two statues when “Sexual Healing” is named Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Instrumental Performance. 

  US Senator Carol Moseley-Braun presides over a Judiciary Juvenile Justice Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, where the issue of the day is Rap recording lyrics. Dionne Warwick called it “pornography”, while others say it is merely poetry. No one called it music. 

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