The Springfields were a British pop-folk vocal trio who had success in the early 1960s in the U.K., U.S. and Ireland. The trio featured Dusty Springfield, her brother Tom and their friend Tim Field. Tom Springfield was a singer and record producer with a wide knowledge of folk music. The Springfields which featured entered the U.S. Top 20 with the music single “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” in 1962 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.
The Great Society was a rock band that was formed in the early 1965 and its members included the model-turned-singer Grace Slick, her then husband Jerry Slick on drums, Jerry’s brother Darby Slick on guitar and David Milner on vocals and guitar. In 1965, they made their live debut at The Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California.
In 1969, The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the U.S. chart and included “Rag Mamma Rag”, Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.
The Everly Brothers reunite in 1983, after a 10-year breakup, performing at London’s fabled Royal Albert Hall. The evening’s repertoire includes “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Cathy’s Clown”, and “Crying In The Rain”.
English musician and former lead singer of the “Babies”, John Waite, went to No.1 on the U.S. music singles chart with “Missing You” in 1984. The song was co-written and recorded by John Waite and released as the lead single from the album “No Brakes”. In 2007 John Waite teamed with country singer Alison Krauss and re-recorded the song which appeared on Alison’s album “A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection” and released it to the country music radio stations in 2007. The song peaked at No.34 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
The first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in 1985 before a crowd of 80,000 people at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up of country stars included: Alabama, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers.
Garth Brooks album “No Fences” entered the US album chart in 1990. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold over 13 million copies in the first five years of release. The album was the second studio album for the American country music artist. It stayed on the charts for 126 weeks, only one week less than Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”. As of today, the album has sold over 20 million copies.
Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle in 1990. Future drummer Dave Grohl was part of the 15,000 fans in the audience. A few days later, he was invited to audition for the band.
Liberty Records releases Garth Brook’s “The Chase” album in 1992. This is the fourth studio album by the American country music artist and in the first week alone the album sold 403,000 copies. “The Chase” album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and Top Country Albums chart and has been certified 9 times Platinum by the RIAA.
Def Leppard were forced to cancel two U.S. shows in 1992 after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after one of the bands driver’s had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage. The band recovered and continued the tour. Make-up dates were added to the two shows that were missed.
The Dixie Chicks win three awards form the Country Music Association during the 33rd ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville in 1999. They’re named Vocal Group of the Year, while “Wide Open Spaces” takes Single and Music Video of the Year.
Cyndi Thompson’s debut music single, “What I Really Meant To Say” began a three-week run at No.1 in Billboard in 2001. The song was written by Cyndi, Tommy Lee James and Chris Waters. It was released as the lead-off single from her debut album “My World”. This would be her only No.1 single as of to date on the music charts.
“A Tribute to Heroes” was aired commercial-free on most of the major U.S. TV networks in 2001. The live program was organized to raise money following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all performed. Manning the telephones to take pledges were celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler and many more.
Keith Urban’s music album “Golden Road” goes triple-platinum in 2005. This is the third studio album by the Australian country singer. The album includes the hit singles: “Somebody Like You”, “Raining On Sunday”, “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” and “You’ll Think Of Me”. The album peaked at No.29 on the Australian Albums Chart, No.2 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and No.11 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Britney Spears was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid license after she was accused of hitting a parked car and driving away from a Los Angeles car park on August 6th, 2007. The owner of the car filed an accident report on 9 August at the North Hollywood Community Police Station. The city attorney’s office did not know whether Ms. Spears’ car had been damaged, nor did he know the extent of damage to the other car.
Rascall Flatts “Take Me There”, written by Kenny Chesney, Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley ascends to No. on the Billboard country music singles chart in 2007. The song became their eighth number-one on the Hot Country Songs Charts.
Research conducted by car maker SEAT in 2011, found that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40% of owners having the hit on their players. The Beatles had four songs in the list, a feat also matched by Coldplay. Other favorites included U2, The Killers and Rihanna.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, September 22nd are:
David Coverdale – born in 1951, was an English rock singer and was an original founder of the hard rock band Whitesnake. Prior to singing with Whitesnake, David was the lead singer for Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976. Whitesnake had the 1987 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.9 single “Here I Go Again”.
Richard Fairbrass – born in 1953, Richard is and English singer, bassist and TV presenter who is best known as the lead singer of the pop group Right Said Fred. They had a hut hit in the 1990s with the music single “I’m Too Sexy”. Richard won two awards alongside his band at the Ivor Novello Awards.
Debby Boone – born in 1956, Debby Boone was an American singer. She is also the daughter of 50’s singer Pat Boone. Debby spent ten weeks at No.1 on the U.S. music singles chart in 1977 with “You Light Up My Life”. (The longest stay at the top of the charts since Guy Mitchell’s “Singing The Blues”). “You Light Up My Life” peaked at No.48 in the U.K.
Nick Cave – born in 1957, Nick is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. Nick is often referred to as rock music’s “Prince of Darkness”. In 1995, Nick teamed with Kylie Minogue and had the U.K. No.11 music single “Where The Wild Roses Grow”. Cave fronted the Birthday Party, one of the most extreme and confrontational post-punk bands of the early 1980s. In 2006, he formed the garage rock band Grinderman.
Joan Jett – born in 1958, Joan is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is the founding member of The Runaways, and with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts she scored the 1982 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.4 single “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”. She is also known as the Godmother of Punk.
Billie – born in 1982, Billie is a British pop singer and actress. She was once married to former Radio 1, Virgin radio DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans. As a singer, she had the 1998 U.K. No.1 music single “Because We Want To”.