The Beatles bang one out rather quickly -- Another Stevie Wonder masterpiece? Oh, yes... -- Patti Smith's lucky day indeed...

Patti Smith "Horses" album photo, Dec. 1975. (Courtesy of Arista Records)

10/16/1965 (53 years ago today) - The Beatles record "Day Tripper" at London's Abbey Road Studios -- How about it only took 'em three takes!!! Including vocals and some minor over-dubbing, the boys' next classic single was complete and good-to-go by lunch time. Ridiculous, really...

10/16/1976 (42 years ago today) - Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life" debuts at No. 1 on the U.S. chart, only the third album to achieve that feat and the first for an American artist (Elton John's "Captain Fantastic" and "Rock Of The Westies" both did so in 1975) -- It was Stevie's 18th official studio release, the culmination of what is now known as his "classic albums period" and his most ambitious as well: a double-LP set that also came with a bonus four-song EP! It would go on to become the best selling record of his career! Featuring tracks like "Sir Duke", "I Wish", "Isn't She Lovely", "As", and "Love's In Need Of Love Today", it's no wonder (not sorry for the pun)...

10/16/2015 (Just 3 years ago today...) - Patti Smith was reportedly moved to tears when a fan returned a bag of stolen goods to her, 36 years after they went missing(!), including the shirt she wore for a 1978 Rolling Stone cover and a bandana that had been given to her by her late brother -- The items hadn't been seen since June 1979, when a truck carrying over $40,000 in musical equipment was stolen from outside a hotel after Patti and her band played a show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. So in case you're wondering, that's right, it's never too late to do the right thing...

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