This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1963, Stevie Wonder Set a Record Atop the Hot 100

Stevie Wonder
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Stevie Wonder photographed at the Olympic Theatre in Paris, France on Dec. 27, 1963. 

"Fingertips – Pt 2" made Wonder the youngest soloist ever to lead the list.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

Aug. 7, 2004
Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography bowed atop the Billboard 200. Take that, sis: Jessica Simpson has peaked at a high of "only" No. 2 on the chart, with In This Skin, also in 2004. Ashlee returned to the top with I Am Me in 2005.

Aug. 8, 1992
Olympic memories, from 25 years ago: Madonna's "This Used to Be My Playground," from the Olympics-themed 1992 album Barcelona Gold, finished first on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was first released as a stand-alone single from the film A League of Their Own, starring, among others, Madonna, Tom Hanks and Rosie O'Donnell.

Aug. 9, 2003
Alan Jackson's "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" began an eight-week reign on Hot Country Songs, the longest of his 26 career No. 1s. His singing and drinking buddy on the track? Jimmy Buffett. (A special toast to Buffett: he worked as Billboard's Nashville correspondent in the early '70s!)

Aug. 10, 1963
Stevie Wonder's iconic debut single, "Fingertips – Pt 2," topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. The song made him the youngest soloist ever to lead the Hot 100 and became his first of 10 No. 1s, the second-most among solo males (after Michael Jackson's 13).

Aug. 11, 1984
Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 its haunt for the first of three weeks.

Aug. 12, 2000
This is … the story of a … No. 1 hit on the Pop Songs chart: on this date 17 years ago, Nine Days' "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" led the list.

Aug. 13, 1966
A summer smash, literally: The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" heated up the Billboard Hot 100 for its first of three weeks at No. 1.


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