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• 1995 – CREEP / TLC
• 1985 – I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS / Foreigner
• 1975 – LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN / Neil Sedaka
• 1965 – DOWNTOWN / Petula Clark


Welcome to another #1 Songs On This Date! – another four-pack of the cream of the cream from the Top 40 Rock ‘n’ Roll music era.

55 distinct number one singles between the years 1956 and 1995 have already been presented since January – with literally hundreds more to come.

They’re all part of a permanent archive that’s being built at which will ultimately feature ALL 837 different number one singles as listed in 2,080 weekly national music charts published by Billboard® within that 40-year timeframe.

Fortunately, HouseoftheHits has every one of those charts – plus secondary data – as published in the essential Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series (CD-ROM and eBook edition formats).

Everything is stored digitally on a HouseoftheHits computer – as are all 837 number one singles (in high-quality audio) from the music vault.

With the availability of precise data and the HOTH song files – together with some amazing technology – approximately 600 – 700 of those Billboard® chart-toppers will be presented this year – with the remainder to follow in early 2017.

As the archive grows you will have continual free access to the accumulating repository, indexed by Decade, Month and Year. Plus, EVERY Title and Artist will be (blue) hyper-linked for smooth, easy navigation from song to song – with more great features to be added along the way.

Again, it will contain every #1 single in America, plus interesting commentary about each song (written by yours truly) and presented with a crystal clear High-Definition audio version of the complete original hit to instantly play as often as you wish.

The ever-expanding library is found HERE and you can bookmark this link for future instant access.


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    #1 / February 5th, 1995

(Radio Edit – Original Version)

Number One: 4 weeks
Succeeded by: TAKE A BOW / Madonna

The nineties recording career of Atlanta, GA.’s TLC was a prolific one indeed.

Between 1992 and 1999, the female R&B trio – Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas – scored an impressive nine Top 10 singles, four of which were #1 platinum-sellers, with the other five churning out a million copies apiece.

The first of the 4 chart-toppers, and one of the 2-million-sellers, was Creep, starting it’s second of four weeks on top of the heap on this date.

[Trivia Bit] Previously, Lisa Lopes had been sentenced to five years probation in 1994 for burning down the home of her then-boyfriend, NFL player Andre Rison. Then, sadly, a 2002 car crash claimed her life at the age of only 30.

Other #1 Singles by TLC (4)
1999 / NO SCRUBS



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    #1 / February 5th, 1985


Number One: 2 weeks
Replaced: LIKE A VIRGIN / Madonna
Succeeded by: CARELESS WHISPER / WHAM! Featuring George Michael

Ironically, the two biggest hit singles from the four-man British-American rock band Foreigner were ballads.

Following the huge hits Feels Like The First Time (1977 • #4), Cold As Ice (1977 • #6), Hot Blooded (1978 • #3) Double Vision (1978 • #2) and Urgent (1981 • #4) the group changed pace with 1981’s Waiting For A Girl Like You (#2) and then I Want To Know What Love Is in late 1984.

[Note] The former sat in the runner-up position for a Billboard chart-record 10 weeks in ’81, held back from reaching the top by the biggest hit of that year, Physical by Olivia Newton-John (#1SongsOnThisDate for #January 18th, 1982).

Lead vocalist Lou Gramm and the boys remained at #1 with I Want To Know What Love Is for two weeks, and by doing so, allayed the initial fears Foreigner had that back-to-back ballads might ruin their rock image.



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    #1 / February 5th, 1975

Neil Sedaka

Number One: 1 week
Replaced: PLEASE MR. POSTMAN / Carpenters
Succeeded by: FIRE / Ohio Players

Neil Sedaka placed six Top 10 singles inside the Billboard Hot 100 between 1959 and 1962, but thought his singing career had ended by 1964 with the onslaught of pop music’s British Invasion, led by the Beatles.

Indeed the following years were lean and saw Sedaka exclusively penning songs with his long-time Brill Building songwriting partner Howard Greenfield – but with little success.

In an attempt to revive his career Neil moved England, where late 50’s-early 60’s American pop stars were still revered.

After meeting new songwriting partner Phil Cody, Sedaka recorded an album of material called Solitaire with the UK group Hotlegs, who later become 10cc (I’m Not In Love, The Things We Do For Love.

Sedaka’s string of good fortune continued when he encountered Elton John at a party in London, which ended with EJ agreeing to sign him to a contract with his new label Rocket Records.

Neil then returned to the U.S. where he recorded his comeback album for Rocket, titled Sedaka’s Back, that included the debut single Laughter In The Rain.

[Trivia Bit] Laughter In The Rain spent just a solitary week at #1, but the biggest hit of his career wasn’t far behind – 1975’s Bad Blood. With Elton John‘s harmony vocals throughout, the single topped the Hot 100 for a trio of weeks and sold a million copies.

Other #1 Singles by NEIL SEDAKA (3)
1975 / BAD BLOOD



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    #1 / February 5th, 1965

Petula Clark

Number One: 2 weeks
Replaced: I FEEL FINE / The Beatles
Succeeded by: YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ / The Righteous Brothers

Singer/actress Petula Clark had long been a star in both her native UK and elsewhere prior to her international #1 smash hit, 1964’s Downtown.

She’d appeared on the radio at age 9, had her own show Pet’s Parlour by 11, her first TV series in the UK in 1950, an American record release in 1953 and acted in 20 British-made movies.

But her greatest achievements were yet to come and began with this, her first of two career #1 million-sellers while under the direction of songwriter-record producer Tony Hatch.

Hatch also wrote/produced four of her five other Top 10 hits: I Know A Place (1965 • #3), My Love (1965 • #1), I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love (1966 • #9) and Don’t Sleep In The Subway (1967 • #5).

[Note] The fifth Top 10-er was This Is My Song (1967 • #3) penned by the great British comic actor, filmmaker and composer Charlie Chaplin in 1966. Given by Chaplin to Clark to record, producer Hatch hated the song and didn’t participate in its production.

[Trivia Bit] Prior to his success with Petula Clark, Tony Hatch had successfully penned pop songs under two pseudonyms – Mark Anthony and Fred Nightingale – namely, Forget Him by Philadelphia teen idol Bobby Rydell, and the 1964 hit by the British Invasion band the Searchers called Sugar And Spice, respectively.

Other #1 Singles by PETULA CLARK (2)
1973 / MY LOVE


Written By: Rick Murray Hunter
Songs Source: The Music Vault of HouseoftheHits Inc.
Billboard® Chart Data: Joel Whitburn’s Record Research (eBook Editions)
References: The Billboard Book Of Number One Hits (5th Edition) by Fred Bronson
The Archives of
Record Sleeve & Label Graphics: Courtesy of 45cat

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