A look at the difference between classic singles only 20 years apart, plus a b'day for one of our "cult faves"..

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John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten; Sex Pistols show, Dec. 1976. (Photo: Graham Wood/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

5/27/1957 (63 years ago today) - Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record "That'll Be The Day", song title courtesy of John Wayne's frequently-used world-weary catchphrase from the classic film "The Searchers". The single would go to No. 3 in the U.S., No. 1 in England, as well as being the first song ever recorded by a skiffle group known as The Quarrymen, who would subsequently become The Beatles. Aaaarf!

5/27/1977 (43 years ago today) - The Sex Pistols released "God Save the Queen" in the U.K. and a firestorm followed: TV and radio banned it completely, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle it, yet it still managed to sell 200,000 copies in one week (!) and peaked at No. 2 on the singles chart (behind Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want To Talk About It"). Two rumors persist to this day: that the song actually was the biggest-selling single in England at the time, and that the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it out of the No. 1 spot. Probably both true.

5/27/1958 - Happy Birthday to a very talented singer-songwriter-musician and latest member of Fleetwood Mac: New Zealand's Neil Finn, 62 years old today -- Along with his brother Tim Finn he was co-frontman for new wave outfit Split Enz ("I Got You") in the late 1970's before leaving to form the critically acclaimed Crowded House ("Don't Dream It's Over", "Something So Strong", "Weather With You") -- Incredibly catchy melodies and wry, intelligent and insightful lyrics; should be very interesting to hear what he adds to the Mac catalog. We predict awesomeness.

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