Chauffeur responsible for Beatles classic... -- A toke is a toke, and that's that... -- B'day for early rock architect songwriter...

(Courtesy of Capitol Records)
(Courtesy of Capitol Records)

3/13/1965 (54 years ago today) - It's the boys' 7th U.S. No. 1 single: The Beatles start two weeks in a row at the top with "Eight Days A Week", which Paul McCartney says was inspired by his limo driver -- Paul asked him how he's doing, and the chauffeur replied, "Oh, working hard, working eight days a week." Bingo!

3/13/1971 (48 years ago today) - You say "toe-may-toe", I say "toe-mah-toe"...: Future one-hit-wonders Brewer & Shipley enter the Billboard singles chart with "One Toke Over The Line"; despite its ban from many radio stations because of the "drug references in the lyrics", the song makes it all way up to No.10. When they sang "Waitin' downtown at the railway station/One toke over the line", Brewer & Shipley insisted the word "toke" meant "token", as in a "ticket". Then again, the track did feature Jerry Garcia on steel guitar...

3/13/1933 - Born on this day, Mike Stoller, half of the legendary songwriting team Leiber & Stoller, who also produced records for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard, Peggy Lee, T-Bone Walker, Stealers Wheel and Procol Harum! Their string of ground-breaking hits, particularly in the 1950's, offered a new direction for what rock and roll could sound like: "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Hound Dog", "Smokey Joe's Cafe", "Riot In Cell Block #9", "Charlie Brown", "Searchin'", "Yakety Yak", "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King), and "On Broadway" (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil). Jerry Leiber passed away in 2011, but Mike is still around, making the occasional media appearance. When they were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987, they said, "We don't write songs. We write records."

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