Presty the DJ for Sept. 25

The number one song today in 1965 was this pleasant-sounding, upbeat ditty guaranteed to leave a smile on your face:

That was on the same day that ABC-TV premiered a cartoon, “The Beatles”:

The number one British song today in 1968:

Today in 1970 was the premiere of a sitcom based on the Cowsills:

Unlike the Cowsills, only two members of the on-camera Partridge Family performed with the Partridge Family band (which were a group of session musicians): David Cassidy, who sang lead, and Shirley Jones, who sang backup vocals.

Today in 1975, singer Jackie Wilson suffered a heart attack while singing “Lonely Teardrops” in a casino in New Jersey. The heart attack caused brain damage, and Wilson died in 1984.

Today in 1982, viewers of NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” got to see Queen:

Today in 1989, viewers of “Saturday Night Live” got to see Neil Young:

Britain’s number one single today in 2006 wasn’t from a British act (though the song was written by Elton John):

Birthdays start with John Locke (not the philosopher) of Spirit:

Owen “Onnie” McIntyre of the Average White Band:

Burleigh Drummond played, what else, drums for Ambrosia:

Two deaths of note:  today in 1980, John “Bonzo” Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, died of a vodka overdose:

Today in 1999, Stephen Canaday of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils died when his World War II plane stalled and crashed into a tree:

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