One of these is not like the other: The Beatles | Stevie Wonder | Barry Manilow...

i want to hold (Courtesy of Motown Records & Biography.com)

1/18/1964 (55 years ago today) - The Beatles made their U.S. chart debut when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" kicked in at No.45, just ten days after its release; at the time an unprecedented/unheard-of achievement and it became the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history before spending seven weeks at the No. 1 position! Honestly, it feels like we're still catching our breath...

1/18/1975 (44 years ago today) - The song was originally titled "Brandy" when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English (whoever he is): Barry Manilow scores his first No. 1 single on this date with his slightly re-worked take on what's got to be one of the schmaltziest classics of all time, "Mandy" -- Oh, you know it, you're hearing it in your head right now as your reading this and, no, we're not apologizing...

1/18/1989 (30 years ago today) - At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, then-38-year-old Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- Other inductees this evening include The Rolling Stones, The Temptations and Otis Redding-- Don't care if I sound like an old fogey, but you have to admit it does make the future inductions of the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day look like astonishingly lame barrel scraping, really...

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