Good good good good vibrations

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 22, 1966

Good_Vibrations_singleGood Vibrations by The Beach Boys debuts on the U.S. singles chart, where it will soar to #1 by December. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the track is recorded over two months in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $50,000. The recording engineer will later say that the last take sounds exactly like the first.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I wear it at the soda shop



All you did was wreck my bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 9, 1971

Maggie MayRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Maggie May, first released as the B-side to Reason to Believe. This is the first of six U.K. #1 hits for Stewart. It remains atop the chart for five weeks.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Now I need a place to hide away


Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 8, 1964

roy-orbison-oh-pretty-woman-monument-6Roy Orbison is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with (Oh) Pretty Woman, his third U.K. #1. The title is inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she is going out. When Orbison asks if she is okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjects, “A pretty woman never needs any money.”

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