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January 18, 1960: Johnny Preston starts a three-week run at #1 with “Running Bear”. The song was written by J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, but he felt that the “Romeo & Juliet” theme was too serious for himself so he gave it to Preston. The single was released six months after Richardson’s death, delayed by legal formalities.
Johnny Preston—“Running Bear”
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January 18, 1975: Barry Manilow scores his first #1 hit with “Mandy”. The song was originally written and recorded by Scott English as “Brandy” in the UK, but was changed to “Mandy” by Manilow to avoid confusion with “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass.
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