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Today in Billboard History

Dec. 14, 1968

Marvin Gaye’s longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 hit, the iconic “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” tallied its first of seven weeks at No. 1 44 years ago today.

Today in Billboard History

July 4, 1970

The date that chart-watchers began keeping our feet on the ground and reaching for stars, thanks to Casey Kasem, as revered Billboard Hot 100 radio countdown “American Top 40” debuted. The first song played? The Ironically titled “The End of the Road,” by Marvin Gaye. Stevie Wonder, meanwhile, roared 39-26 with eventual No. 3 hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”