1981 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest-running rock album on the Billboard albums chart. It’s been there for 402 weeks. But it still has a few years to go before it beats Johnny Mathis, whose Greatest Hits was on the chart for a whopping 490 weeks.
1956 – Today’s issue of Billboard reviews James Brown’s debut single, a little song called “Please, Please, Please.” “A dynamic, religious fervor runs through the pleading solo here,” the magazine raves. “Brown and his group let off plenty of steam.”