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On this day in music history: January 27, 1962 - "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" by Joey Dee & The Starliters hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, it is the biggest hit for the Passaic, New Jersey-based dance band fronted by singer Joseph DiNicola (aka "Joey Dee"). The band will become the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City in 1961, having previously played only weddings and private parties in and around their home state of New Jersey. When celebrities and socialites begin frequenting the club and with the huge amount of publicity it brings, it will lead to The Starlighters being courted by several record labels, finally being signed to Roulette Records. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on November 20, 1961, it will climb to the top of the charts nine weeks later, bumping Chubby Checker's "The Twist" from the top spot after its unprecedented second rise to number one. "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: January 27, 1969 - The Beatles will record the master take of "Get Back" at Apple Studios in London. Written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon - McCartney), the song is born out an informal jam when the band are still rehearsing at Twickenham Studios on January 7, 1969. The song's chorus will be inspired in part by the song "Sour Milk Sea," penned by George Harrison for singer Jackie Lomax, in which part of its lyric is "get back to the place you should be." McCartney, having played bass on the Lomax recording several months earlier, will hear this line and change it to "get back to where you once belonged," incorporating it into his song. When the sessions move to Apple (the band's offices and recording studio in the Mayfair district), they are joined by keyboardist Billy Preston (at the invitation of George Harrison). It is there that the band will make their first attempt to record the song properly on January 23, 1969. The released master will be recorded in 14 takes also adding the false ending and reprise that distinguish it from the version that appears on the Let It Be album, recorded on the roof of Apple on January 30, 1969.