Just relaxin’ in the tub

June 21, 1958

Darin SplishBobby Darin’s Splish Splash enters the charts, where it will peak at #3. Darin says he wrote it in about 10 minutes.


How it’s gonna be

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 2, 1964

TRollingStones.album.coverhe Rolling Stones — the debut album by the group of the same name — begins a 12-week run at #1 on U.K. album charts. Also on this day, the Stones’ cover of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away enters the U.S. singles chart at #98. It will peak at #48. Not Fade Away is Track 1 Side 1 on the North American release of this first LP by the Stones.

Something in the way she woos me

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 29

cover1969: The Beatles go to #1 on U.S. singles charts with Come Together / Something. Something is the first Beatles tune written by George Harrison to be released as an A-side. The B-side, Come Together, is a takeoff from Timothy Leary’s campaign slogan “Come together, join the party,” in his run against Ronald Reagan in the race for governor of California.

From the wound a lovely flower grew

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 24

Sting, Rachel Tucker1987: Sting goes to #1 on U.K. album charts with Nothing Like the Sun. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 130  (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting uses in the song Sister Moon. The album wins Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards. Track 1, Side 1 is The Lazarus Heart, a song that puts on display a deep and powerful truth:

The wound itself would give him power
The power to remake himself at the time of his darkest hour