Fans of rock & roll music were warned in 1958 that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the gas pedal resulting in the car to go faster and waste more fuel.
Robin Gibb collapsed as the Bee Gees were about to set out on their first US tour in 1968. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion. The final out come was that Robin was trying to get out of the tour. Robin felt that he was not prepared to tour. After sometime resting and being reassured by family and friends that he would be okay/ Once the tour started, Robin was fine and continued on with the Bee Gees for many years after.
Cass Elliot released her first solo music single following the breakup of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful when it peaked at No.12 on the US music chart in 1968.
John Denver started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Annie’s Song’ in 1974. This was the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.
Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album music chart in 1974 with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide.
In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd released ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ on their second album ‘Second Helping’. The song reached No.8 on the US music charts. The words and music actually came to bassist Ed King switched to guitar and messed around with some riffs. Later that night, King had a dream and the entire song and words came to him. He introduced the words and music to the band and they went with it.
Tina Turner filed for divorce in 1976 from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and a successful musical partnership. Tina had been beaten a lot of times during their marriage and she said that drugs and alcohol had taken its effect on the marriage. Tina turned to her own life and career after the divorce and became a great success on her own.
A fire destroyed an Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona that belonged to Alice Cooper in 1979. The fire caused $200,000 in damages and among the damage was some of Cooper’s gold records. The singer jokes that perhaps a “disco music freak} is to blame as Alice had been quite vocal about not liking the new brand of music.
Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1985 with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’. The song was done earlier by Hall and Oats on their 1980 album ‘Voices’. Although Young had made it to No.1 in the US music chart, it peaked at No.4 in Young’s home country of the UK.
Bryan Adams started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1991 with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’. The song was in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and on Adams sixth music album ‘Waking Up The Neighbours’. Billboard ranked it the No.1 song of the year in 1991.
Natalie Cole started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1991 with ‘Unforgettable Love’. This was her debut album with Elektra Records once she was released from Capitol Records. Natalie was following in her father’s footsteps and making a name for herself and was doing just that. Her father was an award winning artists
Ricky Van Shelton nets a No.1 Billboard country music single in 1991 with ‘I Am A Simple Man’. Written by Walt Aldridge the song was released on the 1991 album ‘Backroads’. The song was the 8th No.1 hit by Ricky Van Shelton to appear on the Billboard country music charts.
Billy Ray Cyrus performed ‘Some Gave All’ at the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1995. The song was on his first music album with Mercury Records.
The soundtrack album ‘Men In Black’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart in 1997. The album was released on July 1, 1997 by Columbia Records and featured some of the top producers in the music industry. The RIAA certified the album 3 times Platinum for sales of over 3,000,000 copies in the United States.
Columbia released the ‘Runaway Bride’ soundtrack in 1999, including music by The Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride, along with Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Shawn Colvin, Eric Clapton and U2.
Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital in 2002 suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.
Kenney Chesney’s ‘The Good Stuff’ begins a seven-week ride at the top of the Billboard country chart in 2002. The song was written by Jim Collins and Craig Wiseman and was on Kenny Chesney’s album ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’. The song was Chesney’s fifth song to make it to the No.1 slot on the Billboard country music chart.
Shania Twain gives a free concert at Chicago’s Grant Park in 2003. The event is taped for an NBC-TV special, ‘Shania Twain UP! Live In Chicago’. Songs include ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’, ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and ‘You’re Still The One’.
Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400 million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed in 2006 to pay more than $115 million to music companies to settle a global piracy lawsuit.
Kimberly Roads and her husband Stephen Schlapman welcome into the world a little girl named Phoenix Pearl in Phoenix in 2007. The rest of Little Big Town performs in the evening for the first time as a trio.
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, July 27th, are:
1933 – Nick Reynolds – The Kinston Trio who had the 1958 US No.1 music single ‘Tom Dooley’ plus nine other US Top 40 hits.
1943 – Al Ramsey – Gary Lewis and the Playboys who had the 1965 US No.1 music single ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits.
1944 – Bobby Gentry – US singer and songwriter. She wins three Grammys in 1968, including Best New Artist, on the heels of her suspenseful hit ‘Ode To Billie Joe.’ Gentry’s song ‘Fancy’ later becomes a hit for Reba McEntire.
1947 – Andy McMaster – was with the Motors. The Motors was a British rock band formed in 1977. Their biggest success was the song ‘Airport’ which reached No.4 on the UK singles music charts.
1949 – Maureen McGovern – singer who had the 1973 US No.1 music single ‘The Morning After’. Maureen found success early on as an actress and once her voice was discovered, she started recording and became an Oscar-winning International Gold Records artist.
1950 – Michael Vaughn – guitarist with Paper Lace who had the 1974 UK No.1 music single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’ and the 1974 US No.1 music single ‘The Night Chicago Died’.
1953 – Suzi Carr – singer with Will To Power who had the 1989 UK No.6 music single ‘Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird’.
1956 – Duncan Cameron – following a tour of duty with The Amazing Rhythm Aces, he joins Sawyer Brown in 1991, contributing to ‘Thank God For You’, ‘Treat Her Right’ and ‘The Boys And Me’.
1960 – Conway Savage – an Australian rock musician he is best know for being the bassist and providing vocals with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. He is also on some of the music albums performing on the piano and organ.
1962 – Karl Mueller – American rock musician who is the founding member and bassist for Soul Asylum. Mueller had been diagnosed with throat cancer in May of 2004 and in September of 2004, the band had regrouped to do a fund raiser for Karl. Unfortunately, Karl died from the disease in 2005.
1964 – Rex Brown – he is an American author and musician. Rex is best known for being the bassist for Grammy nominated platinum selling rock group Pantera. The group Pantera went away and Rex joined the group Kill Devil Hill.
1967 – Julia Hatfiled – US singer and songwriter from Boston. She was with the indie rock band Blake Babies and Some Girls. She now performs as a solo artist.
1990 – Cheyenne Kimball – vocalist and mandolin player who joined Gloriana, a band that debuts with the 2009 ‘Wild At Heart’ but quits abruptly via Twitter in July 2011.