Bands that got to No. 1 but not with their own songs -- Drummers that double as lead vocalists are more than just a little all right...

Buddy Miles "Them Changes" LP, June 1970. (Courtesy of Mercury Records)

9/5/1964 (54 years ago today) - The Animals start three weeks at No. 1 on the singles chart with their classic cover of "The House Of The Rising Sun" -- The bands record company, fearing radio stations wouldn't give a listen to single that was (in reality) a little over four minutes long, printed the time of the song on the label as being three minutes! Though Bob Dylan first recorded it in 1962(!), it was The Animals definitive version that has since checked into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Well, yeah...

9/5/1998 (20 years ago today) - After being together for 28 years, Aerosmith finally get a No. 1 hit on the singles chart with "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" -- Featured in the film "Armageddon" (co-starring Steven Tyler's daughter Liv!), the song was written by Diane Warren and she's got a long list of chart-toppers for other artists that's quite impressive no matter what you may want to believe: LeAnn Rimes, "How Do I Live"; Starship, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"; Bad English, "When I See You Smile"; Cher, "If I Could Turn Back Time"; Heart, "Who Will You Run To"; Joe Cocker, "When The Night Comes", and so on, you get the idea...It may not be your favorite Aerosmith song, but you don't realize how good it really is until you hear someone besides Steven Tyler try to sing it.

9/5/1946 - Born this day, drummer Buddy Miles, who started out with The Ink Spots and Wilson Pickett, and went on to become one of classic rock's favorite go-to percussionists, playing alongside great guitarists like Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield (with whom he co-founded legendary cult faves The Electric Flag), and most notably with Jimi Hendrix ("Band Of Gypsys", "Electric Ladyland", "The Cry Of Love") -- Buddy was an accomplished lead vocalist as well as band leader, composer and producer; he passed away, age 60, at his home in Austin, Texas, on February 28, 2008, after a long-term battle with congestive heart disease which ran in his family. Pretty cool that Buddy convincingly got-it-done as one of the few drummers who really could handle the lead vocal spotlight, that's a short list indeed...

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