He was not a big name just yet, but his life would immediately change in 1930. Today, October 29, 1930 Bing Crosby records “It Must Be True “and then Bing was now being played all across the United States and internationally. Bing Crosby had just left the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and the Gus Arnheim Orchestra wanted to have Bing Crosby as their soloist singer. Once Bing Crosby and Gus Arnheim Orchestra recorded the song “It Must Be True”, Bing’s career was off to a hot start.
With the holidays coming on, songwriters and composers Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe wanted to give some fun and a little bit of rock moving towards Christmas. They came up the song “Jingle Bell Rock” and recorded by many. The most famous recordings is that from Bobby Helms who took the song to its highest chart hits. The song peaked at No.13 on the U.S. Billboard chart and No.6 on the U.S. Best Sellers in Stores in 195557.
The Beatles record “We Can Work It Out” in 1965. The song is written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and was released as the “double A-sided” single with “Day Trooper”. This is the first time both sides of a single were so designated in an initial release.
Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rose” is certified gold in 1970. The song was written and recorded by Neil Diamond with instrumental backing from the Los Angeles session musicians the “Wrecking Crew”. This was Neil Diamond’s first American No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October and is his third to sell a million copies. The song reached No.3 on the U.K. Music Singles Chart and reached No.2 on the Australian Singles Chart.
American singer-songwriter Paul Davis enters the music chart in 1977 with “I Go Crazy”. Paul Davis wrote, composed and recorded the song and it was the first music single he released from his 1977 album “Singer Of Songs: Teller Of Tales”. “I Go Crazy” was his second-highest peaking pop hit which peaked at No.7 on the Billboard chart in 1978. The song spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart which at that time, was the record for the longest run on that chart of consecutive weeks or not.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers spent the first of two weeks at No.1 on the Billboard with “Islands In The Stream” in 1983. The song was written by Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The title was taken from Ernest Hemingway novel and sung by the American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. The song was originally written for singer Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, but was later the song was changed to fit the style of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Vince Gill earns is first gold album for “When I Call Your Name” in 1990. The music album “When I Call Your Name” is Gill’s fourth studio album from this American country music artist. Released by MCA Records and the first by Gill for this label, the album featured four music singles that topped the charts. These four are: “Never Alone”, “Oklahoma Swing”, “When I Call Your Name” and “Never Knew Lonely”.
Alan Jackson’ “Livin’ On Love” takes the No.1 position of Billboard magazine’s country music singles chart in 1994. “Livin On Love” was written and recorded by the ever loving American country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson and was released as the second single from his album “Who Am I”. “Livin’ On Love” became Alan Jackson’s ninth No.1 hit on the Billboard country charts.
Rascal Flatts “Melt” album is released in 2002 by Lyric Street Records. “Melt” is the second studio music album by the American country music group Rascal Flatts. The album has sold over 3,073,000 copies in the United States. The lead-off single “These Days” was the group’s first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and reached No.23 on the Pop charts.
Country pop star and American singer, songwriter, and actress Taylor Swift’s music single “You Belong With Me” goes gold, platinum and double-platinum in 2009. The song was co-written Taylor and Liz Rose and produced by Nathan Chapman and Swift. The song is the third single from Taylor’s second studio music album “Fearless”. The critics had mixed reviews on its release. The song however won Favorite song at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards and received nominations for the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” video makes its world premiere in 2014 on CMT. The song is the second single form the second studio music album “Anything Goes”. The song received mixed to negative reviews from several critics. Hannah Smith with Vinyl Mag says “This song is incredibly catchy in the worst way. There’s nothing wrong with party songs, but there comes a time when an artist needs to evaluate the direction they want to head in with their career. No one wants to hear middle-aged people singing about getting laid and stoned, which this song addresses multiple times.” Jen Swirsky of Country Music Chat gave the song a more positive review. Jen says “Love it or hate it, “Sun Daze” is witty.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people who brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, October 29th are:
Sonny Osbourne – born in 1937 – Sonny is an American bluegrass singer and five-string banjo player. Sonny is best known for his collaboration with his brother Bobby Osborne as the Osborne Brothers.
Denny Lane – born in 1944 – Denny is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was an original member of The Moody Blues singing the band’s first hit “Go Now”. In 1971, Denny Lane became a member of Paul McCartney’s band Wings. Lane stayed with Wings until the band disbanded in 1981. While with Wings, Lane provided lead and rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass and woodwinds.
Melba Moore – born in 1945, Melba is an American singer, actress and entertainer. Melba begin her career in the 1967 musical Hair as Dionne. Moore won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Artist in a Musical for her portrayal of Lutiebelle in Purtie. In 1975, Melba signed with Buddah Records and released the critically successful R&B album “Peach Melba”.
Peter Green – born in 1946 – Peter is a British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. In 1988, Peter Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the band. Green’s songs such as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Oh Well” and “Man of the World” have been recorded by many other great groups including: Santana, Aerosmith, Status Duo, Black Crowes, Midge Ure, Tom Petty, Judas Priest and Gary Moore.
David Paton – born in 1949 – David is a Scottish bass and guitar player who is most notable for his work with three bands, Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project and Camel. Paton was also an original member of the band Bay City Rollers.
Randy Jackson – born in 1961 – Randy is an American singer and musician who is best known as a former member of The Jacksons. Randy was only 3-years-old when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore stayed home while they toured and he started to learn the piano. Randy first officially appeared live with his brothers at a Christmas show for blind children. While he performed and played tour with the Jackson 5 since 1972, playing congas and other instruments, Randy was not officially part of the family band until 1975 when they left Motown Records and signed with Epic Records.