Paul's U.S.-only No. 1 -- Well, it took about a year, but the Mac finally hit No. 1 -- No argument, Steve Miller's most unconvincingly feeble No. 1 single is...

Steve Miller, April 2008. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

9/4/1971 (47 years ago today) - It was released as a single only here in the U.S.(!), and it's still one of his best ever: Paul McCartney went to No. 1 with "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" from the magnificent "Ram" album (right up there with George's "All Things Must Pass" and John's "Imagine" as just-maybe the all-time best post-Beatles LP) -- Paul's first No. 1 single as a solo artist was a fond remembrance of a real-life uncle, but (oddly) it was never released as a single in England. A strange tune for a chart-topper, yes, but a truly dazzling piece of work...

9/4/1976 (42 years ago today) - Fleetwood Mac went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with their self-titled tenth studio album, the first Mac LP to feature Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Though it was released back in July 1975, the record remained on the charts for over a year, slowly but surely hanging in there till music fans started catching on to how good this line-up was, and finally hitting the top spot on this date thanks to (now) classic tracks like "Rhiannon", "Say You Love Me", "Landslide", "Over My Head", "Monday Morning" and "World Turning", selling over 5 million here in America alone...

9/4/1982 (36 years ago today) - The Steve Miller Band started a two week run at No. 1 with "Abracadabra", The Gangster of Love's third chart-topping single, supposedly inspired by Diana Ross whom Miller had met when she was with The Supremes and they performed together on the "Hullabaloo" TV show in the 1960's. Doesn't sound like it though...

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