1965: Wooly Bully

Artist: Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

The British invasion hit American pop charts like a hurricane, but, amazingly, Sam the Sham (a.k.a. Domingo Samudio) and a group of musicians dressed as Egyptian pharaohs dominated the airwaves in 1965 with party rock anthem “Wooly Bully.” Samudio left music by the 1970s and retired into anonymity, spending years working on the crews of ships, and also never missing Chicago Bulls games when Michael Jordan was playing. The song was sung by Sean Penn as Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” by Meryl Streep in “Ricki Flash,” and is used to great effect in the Stanley Kubrick classic “Full Metal Jacket.”