Elton John started an eight week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1973 with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, the singers third U.S. No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, “Talking Pictures” is his best-selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d’Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute “Candle In The Wind”, as well as three successful singles: “Bennie And The Jets”, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” and the title track.
The Eagles went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1979 with “Heartache Tonight”, the group’s 5th and final U.S. No.1. The song was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J. D. Souther and was included on their album “The Long Run”. Although it only remained the No.1 music single for a week, the recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Former Rufus singer Chaka Kahn was at No.1 in the U.S. and the U.K. singles music chart in 1984 with “I Feel For You”. The song was originally written and recorded by Prince, although his version did not chart well at all. Chaka Kahn’s version quickly rose to the top of the music charts in several countries. Prince did receive a Grammy Award for Best R&B song as a writer in 1985. The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart for 26 weeks and became one of Billboards five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985.
Mariah Carey started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1990 with “Love Takes Time”, her second U.S. No.1. “Love Takes Time” was co-written by Mariah Carey and Ben Margulies and produced by Walter Afanasieff for Carey’s album “Mariah Carey”. The song was released as the album’s second music single in the third quarter of 1990.
Tim McGraw propels to the top of the Billboard chart in 2001 with “Angry All The Time”. The song is written by Bruce Robison and produced by Tim McGraw, Byron Gallimore and James Stroud. Tim has his wife Faith Hill as a guest vocalist on his rendition of “Angry All The Time”. The song, once released, was call the best ballad of the year by Billboard magazine’s Deborah Evan Price. She went on to say, “Tim’s voice oozes hurt and disillusionment.”
Gretchen Wilson earns her first gold single in 2004 with “Redneck Woman”. The song is co-written by Gretchen Wilson and John Rich. It was produced by Joe Scaife and Mark Wright. “Redneck Woman” was released as the lead-off single to her multi-platinum debut album “Here For The Party”. To date, this is Gretchen Wilson’s only No.1 music single.
Carrie Underwood was at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 2007 with “Carnival Ride”, the U.S. country pop singers second album and her first No.1 “Carnival Ride” is the second studio album by Carrie Underwood. Underwood was more involved in the songwriting process; as she even set up a writer’s retreat at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium to collaborate with such great writers as Hillary Lindsey, Craig Wiseman, Rivers Rutherford and Gordie Sampson.
Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” is released to radio listeners in 2014 by MCA Nashville – Capitol. “Take Your Time” was written by Sam Hunt along with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. Produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally. The song is the second single from his debut studio album “Montevallo”.
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 10th are:
Greg Lake – born in 1948, Greg Lake was part of the fantastic group Emerson Lake and Palmer. Emerson Lake and Palmer had the 1977 U.K. No.2 music single “Fanfare For The Common Man” and the 1975 U.K. No.2 solo single “I Believe In Father Christmas”.
Mario Cipollina – born in 1954, Mario Cipollina was in a band in California called Soundhole. Huey Lewis was in a band called Clover. With Soundhole giving Clover such a run, Huey Lewis decided to recruit members of Soundhole and form Huey Lewis and The American Express. Mario Cipollina accepted the offer. They later wooed a manager who worked with Pablo Cruise by the name of Bob Brown. Bob loved Huey Lewis and The American Express so much he helped them land a deal with Chrysalis Records. Later they changed their name to Huey Lewis and the News. They had the U.S. No.1 single “Power Of Love”.
Chris Joyce – born in 1957, Chris was born in Manchester, England and was living life as a hippie. In the 70s. He had drummed with local bands throughout England and later helped form the band Simply Red and became their drummer. Simply Red had the 1986 U.S. No.1 music single “Holding Back The Years”.
Chris Cagle – born in 1968, Chris Cagle became a writer for country music artist David Kersh. Chris decided in 2000 to move away from this and start a solo career and signed with Virgin Records – Nashville in 2000. Virgin Records immediately put Chris in the country limelight and following his national arrival in 2000, Chris fashioned a number of hits around his tumultuous personal life. This earned him a Top New Artist nominations from the Academy of Country Music.
Miranda Lambert – born in 1983, Miranda Lambert is an American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star as she combines a feisty attitude and deep sensitivity while winning the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year five times in a row from 2010-2014 . Her fifth album Platinum peaked at No.1 in 2014 on the U.S. album music chart.