This week 54 years ago, the first Taco Bell opened in Downey, Calif.; New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signed legislation that allowed construction to begin on the World Trade Center; rapper MC Hammer was born; "State Fair" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Her Royal Majesty," James Darren
The man who played Moondoggie on "Gidget" was also the singing voice of Yogi Bear in a 1964 film. Do you think that role or this song is most impressive on his resume?
9. "Twistin' the Night Away," Sam Cooke
Cooke capitalized on the era's general "Twist" popularity with his own classic — later covered by drag queen Divine (and, sadly, Rod Stewart).
8. "What's Your Name," Don & Juan
If you're wondering, their real names are Ronald Trone and Claude Johnson.
7. "Slow Twistin'," Chubby Checker with Dee Dee Sharp
We get it, Chubby.
6. "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," Roy Orbison
"Dream Baby" was written by country music legend Cindy Walker, who had dozens of Top 40 hits.
5. "Duke of Earl," Gene Chandler
"Duke of Earl" hit No. 1, so it's no wonder Chandler also nicknamed himself "The Duke of Earl." His monocle game was clearly on point.
4. "Let Me In," the Sensations
Not to be confused with the 2010 vampire movie of the same name. Weeoo!
3. "Midnight in Moscow," Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
This one has a distinctive "Star Wars" Cantina Band vibe, though it actually is a version of a song once officially commissioned by the Soviet Ministry of Culture.
2. "Don't Break the Heart that Loves You," Connie Francis
Francis' third No. 1 hit has its roots in vaudeville. It was co-written by Benny Davis, who had several 1920s hits in the theatrical genre.
1. "Hey! Baby," Bruce Channel
Topping the Hot 100 chart for three weeks, "Hey! Baby" got a second life of popularity after it was featured in the film "Dirty Dancing." Because, you know, the character's name is Baby.