Randy Newman way before Disney days... -- Bruce says "No thanks"... -- Heart score a big one...

Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, c 1976. (Express/Getty Images)

7/11/1970 (47 years ago today) - ...so this Randy Newman guy, he's some kinda songwriter or somethin'...?: It was our introduction to Randy's clever talents as a writer when Three Dog Night's cover of "Mama Told Me Not To Come" kicks off two weeks at No. 1 -- The song had already been covered by Eric Burdon for his first "solo" album in 1966, and in the U.K., Tom Jones hooked up with Brit faves Stereophonics to turn it into a No. 4 hit with their interpretation back in 2000 -- The Dog recording, however, remains the standard: it is absolutely-positively-matter-of-factly-plain-and-simply one of the best singles of the decade, perfect from start to finish, turn it up...

7/11/1971 (46 years ago today) - The Bruce Springsteen Band opened for Humble Pie at The Sunshine In, Asbury Park, New Jersey -- Peter Frampton, then lead guitarist for the Pie, was so impressed, he told Bruce and the band that he'd like to get them an audition for his record label (A&M), plus have them be the opening act for Humble Pie's upcoming national tour! Springsteen's manager at the time, Tinker West, declined both offers on the spot... 

7/11/1987 (30 years ago today) - Didn't realize it was that old...: Heart start a three week run at No. 1 with the single "Alone" -- Carrie Underwood performs it as a contestant on "American Idol" in 2005, after which Simon Cowell tells her "Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any previous Idol winner"...

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