Presty the DJ for Aug. 25

Does anyone find it a bit creepy that the number one song in Great Britain today in 1957 is about Paul Anka’s brother’s babysitter?

(Of course, 17 years and one day later came an even more dubious number one for Anka, but you knew that from reading this blog yesterday.)

Three years later, the number one single across the sea required no words:

Two years later, the number one U.S. single was a dance that was easier than learning your ABCs:

Today in 1963, Paul McCartney was fined £31 and given a one-year suspended sentence for speeding. One wonders if the judge said that you, Mr. McCartney, are …

Today in 1967, the number one single was about an event that supposedly occurred on my birthday:

Back in rock music transportation news, today in 1973, Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, crashed his car and broke his leg, not far from where bandmate Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash:

That was the same day (probably unrelated) that McCartney’s Wings guitarist, Henry McCullough, left the band …

… and that Bobby Darin performed his last concert in Las Vegas, four months before his death following heart surgery …

… and that the U.S. singles chart was topped by a one-hit wonder:

The number one U.S. single today in 1979:

Birthdays today start with a non-rock figure who nonetheless is one of the great composers of the 20th century:

Walter Williams of the O’Jays:

Who is Chaim Weitz? You know him as Gene Simmons of Kiss:

Who is Declan Patrick McManus? You know him better as Elvis Costello:

Vivian Campbell played guitar for Dio, Whitesnake and Def Leppard:

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