The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1968 with “Electric Ladyland”. The double album included “Crosstown Traffic”, “Voodoo Chile” and “All Along The Watchtower”. The album featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. Barry Ryan was at NO.1 on the Disc and Echo U.K. music singles with “Eloise”.
Anne Murray becomes the first Canadian music artist to reach gold with a country hit in 1970 with the music single “Snowbird” in 1970. Written by Gene MacLellan, the song has been recorded several times by many performers including Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley. But it was Anne Murray’s rendition that propelled the song to the top of the charts. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary music chart and No.1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary and country music charts.
John Lennon was at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1974 with “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”. Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song ever reached the No.1 spot, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. John Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live on stage with Elton John. The performed three songs together: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”. Yoko Ono was backstage and once the show was over, Lennon and Yoko One reunited after a temporary split.
Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 singles music chart in 1985 with “We Built This City”. The song made it to No.12 in the U.K. The song is co-written by Bernie Taupin (who wrote many hits for Elton John), Martin Page, Dennis Lambert and Peter Wolf. “We Built This City” also reached No.1 on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart.
Queen’s “Greatest Hits” album was declared the Best Selling U.K. music album of all time by The Official U.K. Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”.
Garth Brooks takes a Billy Joel song “Shameless” to No.1 on the Billboard country music charts in 1991. American singer-songwriter Billy Joel wrote and recorded the song in 1989 and included the song on his album Storm Front”. Billy’s recording made it No.40 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. Two years later, the song was covered by country music great Garth Brooks on his third studio album “Ropin’ The Wind”. Brooks not only made it a top on the American music
“Ropin The Wind” recorded in 1994 by Garth Brooks, is certified for shipments of 10 million copies, making him the first country artist to reach that plateau with two different releases. “Ropin’ The Wind” is the third studio music album by the American country music artist. It was the first studio album to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums music chart.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating some of the music we all love. Those born today, November 16th are:
Herb Abramson – born in 1916, Herb was initially studying to be a dentist but he landed a job with National Records producing such performers and Clyde McPhatter, The Ravens, Billy Eckstine and Joe Turner. Herb later on begin writing some songs and became a producer and co-founder of Atlantic Records. Herb produced Tommy Tucker’s 1964 hit “High Heeled Sneakers.”
Winfred Lovett – born in 1943, Winfred was a bass singer extraordinaire and became a legendary bass singer with the vocals group The Manhattans. Lovett wrote the song “Kiss And Say Goodbye” and introduced his bass in the beginning of the song. The song “Kiss and Say Goodbye” became a No.1 in the U.S, and a No.4 in the U.K. in 1976.
Keith Burns – born in 1963, Keith Burns is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He became one-third of Trick Pony, who emerge as one of the 21st century’s first party bands behind such hits as “Pour Me” and “Just What I Do”.
Diana Krall – Born in 1964, Diana is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has become one of the best-selling jazz artist of all-time. Diana was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2000 Grammy Awards. She won three Juno Awards in 2002, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year and Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Larry Cordle – born in 1949, Larry is an American songwriter and bluegrass musician. He wrote “Highway 40 Blues” for Ricky Skaggs’, “Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me” for Diamond Rio and “Murder On Music Row” for George Strait and Alan Jackson.
Robert John “Mutt” Lange, born in 1948, Robert is best noted for his writings for AC/DC, Foreigner and Def Leppard. He married Shania Twain and helps her write and develop some of country’s best-selling albums in country music history.