[Be sure to check out the hits on this day through the decades, performances on American Bandstand and today's music trivia...keep scrolling!]
Today in Music History: December 11, 1961
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While the Marvelettes didn't cut as many monster smashes as most of their Motown peers after the early '60s, they did periodically surface with classic hits like "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "Don't Mess With Bill," and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game." There were also plenty of fine minor hits and misses, like 1965's "I'll Keep Holding On," which is just as memorable as the well-known Motown chart-toppers of the era. The group quietly disbanded in the early '70s after several years without a major hit.
1961 The Marvelettes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Please Mr Postman'. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums. The song gave The Carpenters a US No.1 and UK No.2 single in 1975.
More No.1s on this day, December 11th...
1989 The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: ‘Presence’ (2 million), ‘Led Zeppelin’ (4 million), ‘Physical Graffiti’ (4 million) and ‘In Through The Out Door’ (5 million).
Dick Clark's American Bandstand History
1959 Johnny Tillotson performed "Why Do I Love You So".
1961 Jimmy Elledge performed "Funny How the Time Slips Away".
1976 Jermaine Jackson performed "Let's Be Young Tonight".
1982 Kim Carnes performed "Does It Make You Remember?"
1982 The Little River Band performed "The Other Guy".
1993 Prince placed several ads in U.S. publications. The ad featured his shadowed face with the plea "Eligible bachelor seeks the most beautiful girl in the world to spend holidays with."
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...