December 4th:

1965 - The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the group's second No.1.  A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.

1971 - Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair', their third US No.1.

1980 - Prince played the first night on his 31 date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn't wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.

1996 - Madonna, Mariah Carey and Carlos Santana are honored with special honors at the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna receives Billboard's artist achievement award which recognizes popularity, record sales and career achievement. Carey is honored for setting a new chart record with her single "One Sweet Day," a duet with Boyz II Men. The song remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for sixteen weeks. Santana wins the ultimate Billboard.

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