Best Number One ever? -- Best name change ever? -- Marty's birthday (not McFly)...

The Shirelles, Dec. 1963. (Photo: Kaye/Express/Getty Images)

1/30/1961 (57 years ago today) - It's the best version of an all-time classic, without a doubt: The Shirelles become the first girl group to have a No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with the totally fantastic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" -- Side-note: well worth seeking out is 1975's "The Very Best Of The Shirelles" collection on United Artists, part of that label's re-issue campaign of the mid-'70's, also featuring "Baby It's You" (famously covered by The Beatles), "Dedicated To The One I Love" (The Mamas & The Papas did a real good one), plus "Soldier Boy" and "Mama Said" -- The Shirelles were the bomb, kids...

1/30/1973 (45 years ago today) - Best idea they ever had, and they had quite a few: After changing the name of the band from "Wicked Lester", good old Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss make their official debut as "Kiss" at The Popcorn Club in Queens, New York -- Stanley gets credit for coming up with the name, while the original version of the now-classic Kiss logo was designed by Ace. They're off...!!!

1/30/1942 - Happy Birthday to Jefferson Airplane founding member and lead vocalist Marty Balin, 76 years old today --Though he was around for the early days of Jefferson Starship too (his song "Miracles" was the highlight of 1975's "Red Octopus" LP), in truth, Marty's eerie-folk-psychedelia tracks were what defined the best Airplane stuff of the late Sixties, especially on the legendary classic must-have "Surrealistic Pillow" album, where his contributions included "Today", "Plastic Fantastic Lover", "3/5 Of A Mile In Ten Seconds" and the gorgeous "Comin' Back To Me". It's a truly great and beautiful album, one of the few psychedelic-'60's pieces that doesn't sound out-dated...

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