Bill Haley scored his first U.S. Top ten music single in 1954 with “Shake Rattle and Roll”. About a year prior, Bill Haley had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while remaining The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. “Shake Rattle and Roll” was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.
The Beatles headed to Abbey Road Studios in London on November 11, 1965 to complete the recording session for the album “Rubber Soul”. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song “Wait” is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul’s “You Won’t See Me” and John’s “Girl”, the basic tracks for both songs were completed in two takes. “Rubber Soul” was completed, and finished copies of the music album were in the shops by December 3rd in the U.K. and December 6th in the U.S.
Gilbert O’Sullivan was at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1972 with “Clair”, the singers first of two U.K. No.1’s. The Irish singer-songwriter would dress as a 1920s worker in a flat cap, braces and baggy trousers. “Clair” was written by O’Sullivan and produced by Gordon Mills. It was the number one single not only in the U.K., but in Canada as well on the RPM 100 national singles music chart the following January. “Clair” peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1978 with her version of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park”. The song was also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968 and this version hit No. 5 on the U.K. music chart. Donna Summer’s version became a multi-million selling vinyl single disco version. “MacArthur Park” was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. That same year at the American Music Awards, Donna was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Female; while her album “Live And More”, took the award for Favorite Disco Album.
Crystal Gayle performs in 1993 alongside Harry Connick Jr. at the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington D.C. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses. The memorial serves as a reminder of the importance of women in the conflict. It depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier.
George Strait begins a four week stay at No.1 on the Billboard Country music chart in 1995 with “Check Yes Or No”. The song was written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt and released as the lead music single from his box set “Strait Out Of The Box”. Along with the U.S. chart rating, the song peaked at No.1 on the Canadian RMP Country music chart.
Sarah Sainsbury who is a big Coldplay music fan, wrote to the band in 2004 asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. 17-year-old Sarah was raising funds for Breast Cancer Care and asked her cousin who has contacts in the music industry to help her get the autographs. Being the fantastic music artists they are, Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over $4,000. Sarah recognized that the school could never match the amount of money the triple platinum disc is worth, so she contacted the Breast Cancer Care and they used it in their Fashion Show auction.
Carrie Underwood shows what happens to a man that cheats as she goes to number one in 2006 on the Billboard Country music chart with “Before He Cheats”. The song is written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and is the third wide-release from Carrie Underwood’s debut album “Some Hearts”. “Before He Cheats” is the fifth release from the album overall. The song was an excellent crossover success as it reached the top five on the Billboard Adult Top 40 music chart and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts.
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 11th are:
Jason White – born in 1973, Jason White became a lead guitarist for many bands. His most successful was with the band Green Day from 1999-2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012, he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group.