An American show-biz icon has his one and only chart-topper -- The Stones return to No. 1 with the same record almost 40 years later(!) -- The birthday of a legendary blues master who influenced too many to mention...

Howlin' Wolf (Courtesy of Spectrum Music)
Howlin' Wolf (Courtesy of Spectrum Music)

6/10/1972 (48 years ago today) - It's the start of a three-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles chart for "Candy Man" -- Sammy Davis Jr.'s lone numero-uno was from the "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" movie soundtrack. Of course. Teeth are still hurting around the globe...

6/10/1972 (48 years ago today) - Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, The Rolling Stones score their seventh Number One on the British album charts with the masterpiece "Exile On Main Street", but here's the clincher -- In 2010, almost 38 years to the week after it first occupied the top spot, the re-mastered/re-release edition of "Exile" enters the U.K. chart at No. 1, making The Rolling Stones the first act ever to have a studio album return to the No. 1 spot long after it was originally released!!!

6/10/1910 - Born on this date, Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf. His biggest hit was 1966's "Smokestack Lightning" but his influence was heaviest on the up-and-coming rockers of the 1960's -- The Doors, Cream, The Yardbirds, Savoy Brown, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Rod Stewart, The Pointer Sisters all recorded versions of these Howlin' classics: "Back Door Man", "Spoonful", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Little Red Rooster", "I Ain't Superstitious", "Going Down Slow""Killing Floor". Chester passed away from cancer on January 10th, 1976, and was #51 on Rolling Stone magazines "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time". Truly an immense talent!

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