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August 26th 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 with ‘I Got You Babe’

On August 26th, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the … read more

August 25th 1957, Paul Anka Hit No.1 in UK with ‘Diana’

On August 25th 1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his brother’s baby-sitter). His only UK No.1 as an artist, Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach … read more

August 24, 1963 – Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius

Stevie Wonder tops the charts with his single ‘Fingertips (Pt II)’ and his album Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius. ‘Fingertips (Pt. II)’  was Wonder’s first No. 1 single and the second for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records.

August 20th, 1966 The Temptations Released a New Hit!

On August 20th, 1966 The Temptations released a hit that would go on to become a No.1 hit.

August 19th, 2001 American soul singer Betty Everett died

On August 19th, 2001, American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61. She’s most known for the hit ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss’), written by Rudy Clark.

August 18th, 1962 Ringo Starr makes his debut with The Beatles

On August 18th, 1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation.

August 13th, 1964 Manfred Mann were at No.1 with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’

On August 13th, 1964, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, the bands first of three UK No.1’s. The song which was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich was originally recorded … read more

August 11th, 1962 Neil Sedaka at No. 1 with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’

On August 11th, 1962, Neil Sedaka started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, his first US No.1 as an artist. It reached No.7 on the UK chart.

August 10 1909 – Leo Fender was Born

Clarence Leonidas ‘Leo’ Fender  was born on this day. Leo Fender founded the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company in 1946.

August 6th, 1960 Chubby Checker performed ‘The Twist’ on American Bandstand

On August 6th, 1960, Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed ‘The Twist.’ The song went to No.1 on the US chart and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go … read more