Bo Diddley was asked to appear on the U.S. television show The Ed Sullivan Show in 1955 to which Bo accepted. He was asked by Ed Sullivan to sing his version of the song “Sixteen Tons”. Bo Diddley agreed but when he took stage, Bo changed it up and sang his own song “Bo Diddley” resulting in him being banned from ever appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show again.
The psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967 with the song “Incense And Peppermints”. The song was released by Uni Records in the U.K., but failed to even make any chart in the U.K.
Isaac Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1971 with “Theme From Shaft”. The song was released two months after the movie’s soundtrack by Stax Records and this music critics think this helped the song reach the No.2 spot on the Billboard Soul Singles music chart and to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart. “The From Shaft” also rose to a favorite on the Easy Listening music chart where it parked itself at No.6.
One of America’s favorite television show Saturday Night Live had a large watching audience as well as the people lined up that wanted to see the show live in 1976 as the guest host was Paul Simon. Paul invited George Harrison, who lived not far from the studio where the show was taped, and the duo sang “Here Comes The Sun” and “Homeward Bound”. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City at the same time the taping was made and took time to watch the show on local TV.
Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand teamed up in 1979 and fans loved it so much that they helped put their fan favorite song “No More Tears, Enough Is Enough” at the top of the U.S. singles music chart. The song was recorded for Streisand’s “Wet” album and also as a new track for Summer’s compilation double album entitled “On The Radio” Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2. Donna Summer did change her version up somewhat when featured on her album by incorporating a harder rock edge and incorporating frequent collaborator Harold Faltemeyer.
Ohio University conducted a study of rock music in 1998 and found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than young people. The test included people ranging from 18 to 21 and 51 to 58. The researchers played “Heartbreaker” by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different decibels ranging from 10 – 90. While the younger age group found no relevant issues with the decibels, the older generation gave the music higher numerical ratings based on the loudness.
The movie “The Blind Side” featured country music singer and actor Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock debuted in 2009. Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” runs over the closing credit for the film, which also included the music of Uncle Kracker and Les Paul & Mary Ford.
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, November 20th are:
Howard Duane Allman – born in 1946, Duane was an American guitarist, session-musician, co-founder and leader of The Allman Brothers Band. In 1973, The Allman Brothers Band had the 1973 U.S. No.12 music single “Ramblin Man”.
Joe Walsh – born in 1947, Joe is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. His career spans the great bands The James Gang and The Eagles. Joe joined The Eagles in 1976 and assisted in the 1977 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.8 music single “Hotel California” as well as 5 U.S. No.1 albums. Their “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30 million. Joe Walsh later went single and in 1978 had the music single hit “Life’s Been Good.
Gail Ann Dorsey – born in 1962, Gail is an American bass guitarist and vocalist best known for her time with David Bowie. Aside from playing bass, she occasionally has sung lead vocals on some songs but for the most part sang duet with Bowie. Aside from Bowie, Gail also toured with Tears For Fears and worked with Bryan Ferry, Boy George, Gwen Stefani and Seal.
Dierks Bentley – born in 1974, Dierks is an American country music singer-songwriter. He makes his debut in 2003, his career folds in traditional country, bluegrass and alt-rock sound, leading to Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award.
Josh Turner – born in 1977, Josh is an American country music singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded his award winning 2003 music single “Long Black Train” and it was the second single from his debut album entitled the same name “Long Black Train.” On the heels of this song, Josh builds a line of tradition-minded, deep-voiced hits, including “Firecracker”, “Would You Go With Me”, “Time Is Love” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance”.