Bobby Vinton started a three-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1963 with “Blue Velvet”. It became a hit in the U.K. 27 years later when it reached No.2. The song was written by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris in 1950. It was originally recorded and performed by Tony Bennett who charted with it in 1951. Since then many other artists have remade the song but none were able to chart it at No.1 like Bobby Vinton did.
Deep Purple went to No.4 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1968 with their debut single “Hush”. The song was written by American composer and musician Joe South for recording artists Billy Joe Royal who peaked the song at No.52 on the Billboard charts. Deep Purple recorded their version in 1968 for their album “Shades Of Deep Purple”. The track became the group’s first hit single and hit No.2 in Canada.
Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the U.S. music singles chart in 1968 with “Harper Valley PTA”. Jeannie won a Grammy for the Best Female Country Singer of 1968. The song was written by Tom T. Hall and Jeannie C Riley made it an international hit. The song sold over 6 million copies and put Jeannie on top of both Billboard’s Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot Country Singles chart. Jeannie became the first woman to accomplish this feat until Dolly Parton’s “9-5” in 1981.
Barry White went to No.1 on the U.S. music singles chart in 1974 with “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe”. This became the singer’s first and only U.S. solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the U.K. The song was released as the first single from his album “Can’t Get Enough” in 1974. White performed this song live on “The Midnight Special” in 1974 and on “Soul Train” in 1975.
One Hit Wonder Carl Douglas was at the top of the charts in 1974 with his song “Kung Fu Fighting”. Carl Douglas recorded the song in only 10 minutes and it stated out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million copies. The song reached No.1 on the Soul Singers chart in 1974 and received a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1974. Kung Fu Fighting won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single.
In 1977, Nashville pays homage to it best-known industry and elects to call its minor league baseball team the Nashville Sounds. Among the teams owners are: Conway Twitty, Jerry Reed and The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban. The Nashville Sounds located in Nashville and are Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and are part of the Pacific Coast League.
With the help of heavy exposure on MTV, Dire Straits scored big with their single “Money For Nothing” in 1985. The song was from their album “Brothers In Arms” and was written from the perspective of two men in an appliance store as they watched MTV in the store. While listening to two men make comments, Mark Knopfler begin to write the comments they were making. It became one of the most successful songs by Dire Straits and became their first U.S. No.1 music single.
Pink went to No.1 on the U.K. music singles chart in 2002 with “Just Like A Pill”, the American singer’s first U.K. No.1. The song was written and produced by Dallas Austin and Pink for her second album “Missundaztood”. The lyrics of the song deal with getting out of a painful relationship and dealing with drug abuse.
Darryl Worley picks up his first No.1 music single in 2002 titled “I Miss My Friend”. The American country music artist signed with DreamWorks Records in Nashville in 2000. Worley released four albums for the record label: Hard Rain Don’t Last, I Miss My Friend, Have You Forgotten? And Darryl Worley. “I Miss My Friend” is a song written by Tom Shapiro, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin. The song crossed over as well to the pop charts and peaked at No.28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Carrie Underwood, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano wrote a future hit in 2011 titled “Good Girl” in Los Angeles. The song was released as by Arista Nashville as the lead single from Underwood’s fourth studio album “Blown Away”. Underwood debuted the song in a live performance during the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) event in Nashville.
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 21st are:
Leonard Cohen – born in 1934, this Canadian born artist was known for being a singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet and novelist. Cohen is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He wrote “Hallelujah” which was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984 and was covered by John Cale, who formed the basis for a later cover by Jeff Buckley.
Dickey Lee – born in 1941, this American singer/songwriter hits it big in 1962 with the song “Patches”. He then goes on to make more history as he notches such great hits as “Rocky” and “9,999,999 Tears”. He puts George Jones at the top of the Country charts with the song he wrote titled “She Thinks I Still Care”, George Strait’s “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together” and John Schneider’s “I’ve Been Around Enough To Know”.
David Hood – born in 1943, David was an American bassist best known as part of the studio backing band known as the “Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Of Alabama”. He has played with many artists including Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, The Staples Singers, Frank Black, Odetta, John Hiatt, Etta James and Willie Nelson.
Don Felder – born in 1947, Don later became the guitarist and vocalist with The Eagles. They had the 1977 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.8 music single “Hotel California”, plus 5 U.S. No.1 albums. Their music album “Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” is the second biggest-selling album in the world with sales over 30 million.
Mark Wright – born in 1957, this American songwriter and producer who works with mostly country and wrote “Today My World Slipped Away” and “Take A Little Trip”. He eventually became a producer with RCA Records where he worked with A&R and co-produced Clint Black’s debut album “Killin’Time”. He also produced big hits for Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt – (Too Cold At Home), Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.
Faith Hill – born in 1967, Faith is an American country pop singer and occasional actress. Faith is one of the most successful country artists of all time, having sold over 40 million records worldwide. She is also married to another fantastic country music artist Tim McGraw with whom she has recorded several successful duets. Faith’s music single “Wild One” went to the top of the U.S. country charts in 1993 and stayed at No.1 for several weeks. In 1988, her song “This Kiss” topped the charts in the U.S and the U.K.
Tyler Stewart – born in 1967, this Canadian drummer paid his dues like all the others and played in local bands, nightclubs and anywhere he could. In 1990, Tyler met Steven Page, Ed Robertson and Jim Creeggan. They had seen Tyler perform and quickly offered him a position as the drummer for their band “Barenaked Ladies”. They had the U.S. No.1 and U.K. No 5 single “One Week” in 1985.
David Silveria – born in 1972, this American drummer was one of the original five member of the metal band Korn. Korn proceeded to popularize the alternative metal genre and sold over 40 million albums worldwide. But in 2006, after Korn’s tour of “See You On The Other Side”, it was announced that David was taking a hiatus and it was later stated that David would “probably not” appear on their next album.