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October 14, 1967: Bobbie Gentry goes to #1 on the Billboard 200 with her album “Ode To Billie Joe”, knocking The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” out of the top spot (where it had been for FIFTEEN WEEKS)…
Bobbie Gentry—“Ode To Billie Joe”
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October 14, 1972: Michael Jackson scores his first solo #1 with “Ben”, a song with heartwarming and sentimental lyrics about the love a boy has for his evil pet rat! The tune was written for the sequel to the film “Willard”, which was about a young man who trains rats to do his bidding. In “Ben”, a young boy befriends Ben the rat, but Ben begins training other rats to attack humans. Despite the oddness of the subject matter, this song made Jackson—age 14 at the time—the youngest artist in history to have #1 hits as a solo artist and as a member of a group!
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