September 5 – Animals, Gale Garnett, Fleetwood

1964

Bluesy Newcastle band The Animals become the first UK act after the Beatles to rise to the top of US charts (for 3 weeks) with House of the Rising Sun.

Recorded in one take, it’s the first #1 single over 4 minutes.

The essential organ solo was played by Alan Price on a Vox Continental – a 1962 transistor organ A LOT lighter than a Hammond B3 – also heard in songs by The Doors, The Dave Clark Five, the Tornados, etc. And proving that the musitron solo in 1961’s Runaway was no fluke.

1964

Canadian singer/songwriter Gale Garnett‘s wonderful self-penned folk song We’ll Sing in the Sunshine rises to US#4.

A #1 in her native New Zealand, it spends 7 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. And it wins a 1965 Grammy for Best Folk Recording.

1981
US singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks album Bella Donna tops the US charts (& is soon AU#1) on the strength of Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Tom Petty).
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