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• 1989 – STRAIGHT UP / Paula Abdul
• 1979 – DA YA THINK I’M SEXY? / Rod Stewart
• 1969 – EVERYDAY PEOPLE / Sly & The Family Stone
• 1959 – STAGGER LEE / Lloyd Price


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.

95 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.

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    #1 / February 28th, 1989

Paula Abdul

Number One: 3 weeks
Replaced: WHEN I’M WITH YOU / Sheriff
Succeeded by: LOST IN YOUR EYES / Debbie Gibson

Former (Los Angeles) Lakers cheerleader and dance choreographer-turned pop star Paula Abdul held her first of six #1 singles on this date in 1989.

Straight Up, the third release from her album Forever Your Girl, was enjoying its third and final week on top for the North Hollywood-born vocalist.

Before turning her talents to singing, Adbul had done video choreography for a number of big-name artists including Michael Jackson, his sister Janet Jackson, Debbie Gibson, Dolly Parton, Warren Zevon and ZZ Top. She also worked on Fox TV’s The Tracy Ullman Show.

[Trivia Bit] Straight Up hit #1 on February 11th of ’89 – twenty-six years to the day after the duo Paul And Paula had reached the same position with Hey Paula (#1 Songs On This Date for February 13, 1963)

Other #1 Singles by PAULA ABDUL (6)
1990 / OPPOSITES ATTRACT (with The Wild Pair)
1991 / RUSH, RUSH



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    #1 / February 28th, 1979

Rod Stewart
(Single Version)

Number One: 4 weeks
Replaced: TOO MUCH HEAVEN / The Bee Gees
Succeeded by: I WILL SURVIVE / Gloria Gaynor

Roderick Stewart was sitting atop Billboard’s Hot 100 on this date with a song whose title seemed to be asking a rhetorical question – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?.

And although the vast majority of his ardent female fans quickly answered in the affirmative, American model-actress Alana Hamilton (ex-wife of actor George Hamilton) discovered his query also came with a “best by” date. Five years after marrying Stewart (2 months after DYTIS hit the top) the couple split – although Alana retained the Stewart surname.

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? was RS‘s third of four chart-topping singles, preceded by 1971’s Maggie May, Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) from 1976 and later, 1994’s collaboration with Bryan Adams and Sting called All For Love.

[Trivia Bit] Rod co-wrote the song with Carmine Appice, who in a former musical life was the drummer with late 1960’s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He’d joined Stewart’s backing band in 1977 and also co-penned his boss’s 1981 number five hit Young Turks.

Other #1 Singles for ROD STEWART (4)
1976 / TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (Gonna Be Alright)
1994 / ALL FOR LOVE (Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting)

ROD STEWART: ‘Tonight’s The Night’ – 56 Days on Top!
ROD STEWART & FACES: First Reunion in 40 Years!



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    #1 / February 28th, 1969

Sly & The Family Stone

Number One: 4 weeks
Replaced: CRIMSON AND CLOVER / Tommy James And The Shondells
Succeeded by: DIZZY / Tommy Roe


The songs of San Francisco’s ‘psychedelic soul’ septet Sly & The Family Stone truly had mass appeal – particularly with society’s counterculture at the time – with its simple, positive messages.

And no record struck a bigger chord with their fans than Everyday People – just the band’s third single, but the first of three #1’s, four million-sellers and their premier career hit.

Laden with affirmative lyrics such as “I am no better, and neither are you. We are the same whatever we do” and especially the 5-word line that became a universal catch-phrase for decades – “Different strokes for different folks.”

[Trivia Bits] Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart, with the moniker coming from his school days when a dyslexic chum derived “Sly” from “Syl.”

Stewart began in ‘the biz’ as an FM radio DJ in San Francisco, followed by co-owning the small Bay area record label Autumn, for which he produced hits like C’mon And Swim by Bobby Freeman (1964 • #5) plus the Beau Brummels singles Laugh, Laugh (1965 • #15) and Just A Little (1965 • #8) (Records I Bought As A Kid: More Great 60’s ‘Garage-Rock’ Hits – Volume Two).

Other #1 Singles by SLY & THE FAMILY STONE (3)
1970 / THANK YOU Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin b/w EVERYBODY IS A STAR



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    #1 / February 28th, 1959

Lloyd Price

Number One: 4 weeks
Replaced: SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES / The Platters
Succeeded by: VENUS / Frankie Avalon

Lloyd Price came from an impressive pedigree of stars produced by the legendary music scene in the city of New Orleans.

“Mr. Personality” as he became known (named after his second biggest hit, Personality) is on a list that includes ‘Big Easy’ greats like Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., Ernie K. Doe, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Aaron and Ivan Neville, Louis Prima and Allen Toussaint.

The Billboard Hot 100 saw Price’s name on a number of big Top 5 hits which included the aforementioned Personality (1959 • #2), I’m Gonna Get Married (1959 • #3) and this one, Stagger Lee (1959 • #1).

Re-written by Price as an R&B song from a folk tune called Stack-O-Lee, it spent four weeks on top of the national chart beginning on this date.

[Trivia Bits] Stagger Lee would crack Billboard’s Top 30 two more times – by Wilson Pickett (1967 • #22) and from Tommy Roe (1971 • #25).

Another Price song, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, was parodied as Dizzy, Miss Lizzy in 1958 by early American rock ‘n’ star Larry Williams, whose original was covered by the Beatles in 1965.


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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