Presty the DJ for Feb. 26

Today in 1955, Billboard magazine reported that sales of 45-rpm singles …

… had exceeded sales of 78-rpm singles for the first time.

The number one single today in 1966:

The number one album today in 1966 was the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”:

Today in 1970, BBC-TV’s “Top of the Pops” showed the Brotherhood of Man …

… White Plains …

… and number one Edison Lighthouse …

… with the same singer, Tony Burrows. The BBC was described as “aghast” and banned Burrows … for a couple weeks, until Burrows returned as lead singer of the Pipkins:

Burrows returned to Top of the Pops four years later with yet another group:

The number one album today in 1983 turned out to be the number one album of all time:

The number one British single today in 1984:

Today in 2009, a never-before-publicly-heard 10-minute version of the Beatles’ “Revolution” hit the Internet:

Birthdays begin with Antoine “Fats” Domino:

Johnny Cash:

Bob “The Bear” Hite of Canned Heat:

Jonathan Cain played keyboards for Journey:

Michael Bolton, worthwhile here for one and only one song:

Two deaths of note today in 1977: Sherman Games of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers …

… and songwriter Ben Raleigh in 1997, after his cooking set his bathrobe on fire: