1982: Ebony & Ivory
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder once teamed up to sing the song “Ebony & Ivory” which uses piano keys as a metaphor for racial equality. Ironically, due to their personal work obligations, the two didn’t actually sing the duet and had to record their parts separately. Written by Paul, the song was released on this day in the U.K. in 1982. It was featured on McCartney’s album, Tug of War and it reached the #1 spot on both the UK and US music charts. It spend seven weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and because the fourth-biggest hit of the year. In 2008, the song was ranked in the #59 spot on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time. But despite its accolades, not everyone is a fan. In 2009, Blender magazine also gave the song an honor – in the other direction – making it the tenth-worst song of all time. (Image: Pixabay)
1955: Davy Crockett Tune is Super Popular
Written by George Bruns and lyrics written by Thomas W. Blackbum, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was first heard on the ABC TV series Disneyland where actor Fess Parker sang the song as the title character on October 27, 1954. The song was featured for Davy Crockett miniseries as well. Two other versions of the song were released by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Bill Hayes. All three versions made the Billboard magazine charts but Haye’s version became the #1 record on this day in 1955. It stayed there until May 14, 1955 and became the #7 top song of the year.
William Conrad starred as the private eye Frank Cannon. Cannon aired on CBS for five seasons.
1973: Y & R
The CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless premiered.
The Marcus Welby M.D. TV movie starring Robert Young and James Brolin debuted.
- 1911: Tennessee Williams (playwright)
- 1931: Leonard Nimoy (actor)
- 1934: Alan Arkin (actor)
- 1940: James Caan (actor)
- 1940: Nancy Pelosi (politician)
- 1943: Bob Woodward (journalist)
- 1944: Diana Ross (singer)
- 1949: Vicki Lawrence (actress)
- 1950: Martin Short (actor)
- 1960: Jennifer Grey (actress)
- 1968: Kenny Chesney (singer)
- 1973: T.R. Knight (actor)
- 1985: Keira Knightly (actress)
- 1985: Jonathan Groff (actor)
- 2005: Ella Anderson (actress)
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