On this day in music history: July 7, 1973 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1973 – “Will It Go Round In Circles” by Billy Preston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #10 on the R&B singles chart on June 16, 1973. Written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher, it is the first pop chart topper for the virtuoso keyboardist and songwriter from Houston, TX. Preston shows his initial idea his writing partner Fisher, telling him he had a song but no melody. He quickly writes lyrics and a melody to Preston’s music, crafting it into a finished song. The track also features two musicians that Preston hires for his band named George and Louis Johnson who are later signed to A&M Records themselves as The Brothers Johnson.  "Circles" is released as the lone single from “Music Is My Life” in February of 1973. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on March 31, 1973, it climbs to the top of the chart fourteen weeks later. The success of “Will It Go Round In Circles” enables co-writer Bruce Fisher to quit his day job working in the mailroom at NBC and work as a songwriter full time. “Will It Go Round In Circles” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.