A three-different-decades look at the charts...

After Party For "You're So Vain" At The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Carly Simon; N.Y.C., April 2010. (Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

1/6/1968 (49 years ago today) - It's The Beatles 11th U.S. chart topper: "Magical Mystery Tour" starts eight weeks at No. 1 on the album chart. Amazing songs for an absolutely pointless bit of "film-making" and proof positive that even when they were out of their minds, they still knew what they were doing.

1/6/1973 (44 years ago today) - Not only her best song, but one of the greatest singles of the 20th century, really: with Mick Jagger on backing vocals (nice touch!), Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" begins a three week run at No. 1 on the singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet about it for more than 40 years, Carly coyly suggested the inspiration for the songs main character was Warren Beatty, but for only one verse; she said the remaining verses were about two other men and that's as much as she let us in on. A fantastic track, everything about it is totally perfect...

1/6/1990 (27 years ago today) - It's Phil Collins' fourth solo album and the stats do impress -- "...But Seriously" kicks off three weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. LP chart; it also reached the top in the U.K., where it remained for fifteen weeks (ending up as Britain's best selling album of 1990!); plus the LP boasted no less than five Top 40 singles for both America and Europe. "Another Day In Paradise" was the biggie, though we prefer "I Wish It Would Rain Down" featuring a rather nifty Eric Clapton guitar solo. The disc is (probably) Phil's pinnacle achievement, but here we go again, getting sentimental for the days of Genesis...with Peter Gabriel.

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