19-year-old New Orleans vocalist Lloyd Price hits USR&B#1 with his Specialty Records recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy.
It makes Price the first teenager to sell a million records. He wrote the song when he was 17. His release of 1911 song Stagger Lee (*) makes US#1 on Feb. 9, 1959 (the radio plays a censored version). He follows with a June 29, 1959 USR&B#1 with Personality; music by Harold Logan. (live)
Price is inducted into the Rock HoF in 1998.
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US singer, songwriter Janis Ian makes US#3 with her heartbreaker At Seventeen. (*)
It’s from her US#1 seventh album Between the Lines. Ian sings the song on the premiere of TV sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, guest hosted by George Carlin, on October 11.
It wins the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1976. In 2008 the song is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Disco Demolition Night: a crate of disco records is blown up between games at Comiskey Park in Chicago. (*)
Thousands of fans surge onto the field, inciting a riot. Batting cages are wrecked; the bases are stolen. TV news:Disco demo
See also: The Last Days of Disco (1998 film)