It's the "Monday Classic Singles Spotlight": today you've got a '60's feminist anthem, a '70's stomach-churner, and an '80's waste of time. Cheers!!!

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)
(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

3/30/1963 (57 years ago today) - A few short years from now, she'll quit show-biz to go back to school and get her degree: Only 16 years old at the time, on this date Lesley Gore records her breakthrough hit "It's My Party", which will soon enuff hit the No. 1 spot (you can admit ya like it; even Bryan Ferry did a cover version years later) -- Betcha didn't know: this classic sing-along was produced by future Michael Jackson musical director Quincy Jones, and the all important followup, the unabashedly proto-feminist million selling "You Don't Own Me", would have also hit No. 1 were it not for The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" -- Them's the breaks...

3/30/1974 (46 years ago today) - It's a song that makes you want to jump in front of an oncoming high-speed freight train: John Denver goes to No. 1 on the singles chart with "Sunshine On My Shoulders", the first of his four U.S. chart-toppers -- Mr. Rocky Mountain Clean Air would soon show his true colors when he installs a gigantic oil tanker storage unit on his private property at the height of the '70's energy crisis.

3/30/1985 (33 years ago today) - ...and he wondered why he felt a backlash...: Phil Collins starts two weeks at the top with "One More Night", his second U.S. No. 1 single -- Tarzan's first Numero Uno was back in April of '84, the coma-inducing "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)", and over the next four years, "Sussudio", "Groovy Kind Of Love", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day In Paradise" will also become unavoidable No. 1's -- To this day, Phil still denies reports that while this string of multi-million-selling success was underway, he found time to fax his wife and ask for a divorce.

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