One-hit bubblegum classic! -- The first time for Elton! -- God Bless The Kinks!

The Kinks
The Kinks, waiting to appear on a TV show, c 1968; Dave Davies, far left. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

2/3/1968 (49 years ago today) - The definitive example of a one-hit wonder: The Lemon Pipers screech into the No. 1 spot with the pseudo-amusing-but-moderately-irritating single "Green Tambourine" -- It sold over a million copies and remained on the charts for three months -- Attempted follow-ups include "Rice Is Nice" and "Jelly Jungle".

2/3/1973 (44 years ago today) - Elton John kicks off three weeks at No. 1 with "Crocodile Rock"; it's the first of five chart-topping singles here in the U.S. --  By the middle of 1974 (bear in mind, this is all over the course of the next 14 months), "Daniel", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Bennie And The Jets" and "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" all hit No. 1! Reggie was on quite a roll...

2/3/1947 - Happy Birthday to Dave Davies of The Kinks, 70 years old today. Brother Ray may be the genius, but Dave was in the lead for some of The Kinks most classic tracks: "Strangers", "Death Of A Clown", "Living On A Thin Line", "Party Line", "Rats", "Susannah's Still Alive". We especially love Dave's off-mic shouts while ripping through the guitar solo on "Victoria". If Ray's the A-side, then Dave represents all the great B-sides that we loved while growin' up with the original British Invasion, so major props for holding down that special place...

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"We are not two/We are one...", xoxo!

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