Presty the DJ for Sept. 8

Today in 1956, Harry Belafonte’s “Calypso” went to number one for the next 31 weeks:

Today in 1965, Daily Variety included this ad:

Madness! Running parts for four Insane Boys age 17-21.

The ad drew 437 would-be Insane Boys, including Stephen Stills (who ended up working with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young instead), Paul Williams (who wrote a lot of songs and acted a bit, including as Little Enos Burdette), Danny Hutton (who went on to form Three Dog Night) and Charles Manson (and you know what he ended up doing). The four winners were Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith:

The number one single …

… and album today in 1973:

Today in 1977, Jimmy McCullough took wing, leaving Wings for the Small Faces band:

Birthdays begin with actor Peter Sellers, who also recorded two records:

Patsy Cline:

Kelly Groucutt of Electric Light Orchestra …

… was born the same day as Ron “Pigpen” McKernen of the Grateful Dead:

Dean Daughtry played keyboards for the Atlanta Rhythm Section:

David Steele was a Fine Young Cannibal:

As for the other momentous event of Sept. 8, read later. To not do so will be … illogical.

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