The Beatles started a nine-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1968 with “Hey Jude”. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest single of 1968. In 1996, Julian paid $75,000 for the recording notes to the song at an auction.
Bad Company went to No.1 on the U.S. album chart in 1974 with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of the band Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.
Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1974 with “Rock Me Gently”. It made No.2 in the U.K. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies No.1 music hit “Sugar Sugar”. The song “Rock Me Gently” was actually going to be used on the B-side of the single and have an instrumental on the A-side. At the last minute, Andy decided “Rock Me Gently” would be used on the A-side. The song impressed the executives at Capitol Records, that they immediately signed Andy Kim to a record deal. “Rock Me Gently” rocked not only the U.K, but Ireland and the U.S as well.
Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1991 with “Ropin’ The Wind”. The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the No.1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11 million copies. “Ropin’ The Wind” was the third studio album by the American country music artist and was his only one to debut at No.1. The album eventually became certified 14x Platinum by the RIAA in 1998. In the U.K. the album reached the Top 50 pop albums chart and moved to No.1 there as well for several weeks.
Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time in 2002 by 75,000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But this upset critics and music fans as they were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross (12th) and Annie Lennox (14th). The highest placed U.K. female singer was Kate Bush who was voted No.10.
Diamond Rio scores a No.1 on the Billboard country music charts in 2002 with “Beautiful Mess”. The song is written by Shane Minor, Clay Mills and former Exile member Sonny LeMaire. The song was also the most successful crossover music single for Diamond Rio, peaking at No.28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2002.
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, September 28th are:
Ed Sullivan – born in 1902, Ed Sullivan went on to have a very successful career as a television host with his own show “The Ed Sullivan Show”. He selected the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Ed has the pleasure of introducing The Beatles and other U.K acts to American via his TV show. The Beatles appearance on February 9, 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.
Ben E King – born in 1938, Ben E. King became a soul and R&B singer with The Drifters. The Drifters had the 1960 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.2 music single “Save The Last Dance For Me”. As a solo career, Ben E. King had the U.K. No.1 solo “Stand By Me”.
Nick Nicholas – born in 1943, Klaus Karl Kassbaum was his birth name. Born in Germany and later moved to Canada after World War II where he became a Canadian citizen. Later in life he changed his name as loved to play the bass guitar. Nick is known for his bass playing and vocals with the band Steppenwolf. They had the U.S. No.2 and U.K. No.3 music single in 1969, “Born To Be Wild”.
Paul Burgess – born in 1950, Paul is an English rock drummer, notable for his association with a wide range of British rock and folk bands. He has worked with 10cc, Jethro Tull, Camel, Magna Carta and The Icicle Works. Paul was a drummer that all bands wanted. His longest time in a band was with 10cc where he not only played drums, but also played keyboards and percussions. His first album with 10cc was “Deceptive Bands” which featured the hit song “The Things We Do For Love”.
Jennifer Rush – born in 1960, Jennifer became a singer and had the 1985 U.K. No.2 music single “The Power Of Love”. As a child, Jennifer spent her time between New York and Germany. While in Germany, she discovered her true passion for music and recorded her first album Heidi Stern in 1979. This album did not do well at all. Her father was an opera singer in Germany and moved to Wiesbaden, Germany in 1982. It was there that along with her mother who was a pianist and her brothers who were musicians, Jennifer began to study more music and train her voice. Jennifer landed with CBS and her single “The Power Of Love” made her a household name in the music industry.
Karen Fairchild – born in 1967, Karen did her time with different groups in high school and after. She found fame in becoming a founding member of the group Little Big Town. They are known for their four-voice harmony which became an integral part of their hits “Boondocks”, “Little White Church”, “Tornado” and “Pontoon”. Little Big Town also won Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Kenny Wilson – born in 1966, Kenny is an American drummer who went by the stage name Ginger Fish. Ginger Fish became the drummer for Marilyn Mason from 1995-2011. Kenny took the name Ginger Fish since that name combines those of Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish. This is all part of the naming band members with the group Marilyn Manson. They take the name of an iconic beauty and mix it with a serial killer. Marilyn Manson had the U.S. No.1 music album “Mechanical Animals”.
Chuck Crawford – born in 1973, Chuck became a fiddler and a member of Heartland. He applied vocals for the background on the 2006 hit “I Loved Her First”. Heartland is an American country band that consists of Jason Albert – lead vocals, Craig Anderson – rhythm guitar, Todd Anderson – drums, Mike Myerson – lead guitar, Keith West – bass guitar and background vocals and Chuck Crawford.
Melody Thornton – born in 1984, Melody became a singer with The Pussycat Dolls who had the 2005 U.S. No.2 and U.K. No.1 with their debut album music single, “Don’t Cha” featuring Busta Rhymes. The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the U.K. charts at No.1 with their debut music single.
Hilary Duff – born in 1987, Hilary is a U.S. singer, actress and star of the television show Lizzie McGuire. Hilary had the U.S. No.1 music album “Metamorphosis” and the 2005 U.S. No.1 music album “Most Wanted. The album “Metamorphosis” was released in 2003 by Buena Vista and Hollywood Records. The album incorporates pop and rock music and it represented changes that are specific to Hilary’s life.