“Big John. Big Bad John”. These lyrics were from a song written by Dean and Roy Acuff and sang by Jimmy Dean. The song tells the story of a mysterious miner who is nicknamed “Big John” because of his physical stature. He is tall and weighs two forty five. In 1961, Jimmy Dean started a five week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Big Bad John”. Jimmy Dean also went on to present a prime time television show with the character.
“Get Off Of My Cloud” is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as a music single to follow up on the successful “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. In 1965, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1965 with “Get Off Of My Cloud”, the group’s second U.S. No.1. This song knocked The Beatles “Yesterday” from the No.1 position.
Aerosmith performed their first gig ever in 1970 when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
When a song was originally called “A Bit Of Myself”, the band decided it would never work. After revisiting the lyrics, ABBA decided to rename the song to “The Name Of The Game”. In 1977, ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart with “The Name Of The Game”, the group’s 6th No.1. The song was released as the first single from the group’s fifth studio album titled “The Album”. The opening riff on bass and synthesizer was inspired by Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” from his 1976 music album “Songs In The Key Of Life”.
Jennifer Warren and Joe Cocker started a three week run on the U.S. singles music chart in 1982 with the song “Up Where We Belong”. The song is a Platinum-certified, Grammy Award winning hit song that was written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Maire and Will Jennings. The song became extremely popular as it was featured in the award winning movie “An Officer And A Gentleman”. At the end of the movie Richard Gere and Debra Winger fall in love and Richard picks her up and carries her out of her dead-end job.
Taylor Swift’s latest album “1989” debuted at No.1 on America’s Billboard album music chart selling 1.287 million copies in its first week, the largest sales week for an album since Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” was released 12 years ago. Swift was now the only act to earn three million-selling weeks with an album. Before “1989”, “Red” sold 1.208 million in its first week, while “Speak Now” clocked up 1.047 million sales.
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 6th are:
Glenn Frey – born in 1948, Glenn is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor. Glenn was one of the founding members of the multi award winning band Eagles. Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano, keyboards and sang vocals on many such hits as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “New Kid In Town” and “Heartache Tonight”. Their song “Hotel California” (which also Frey provided vocals on) rose to No.1 on the U.S and No.8 on the U.K. music charts in 1977.