Fats Domino appeared on the U.S. TV Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, performing “Blueberry Hill.” Before the song became a rock and roll standard, it had been recorded by various artists including Louis Armstrong, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gene Autry and Jimmy Dorsey. The version of Fats Domino was ranked as No.82 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Beatles in 1963 received Silver LP discs for “Please Please Me” and “With the Beatles” at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver LP for “Twist and Shout” and a silver single for “She Loves You”. The band then attended a cocktail party and a formal luncheon in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests. Also not this day, the U.S. NBC News program “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” was the first to air footage (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
Led Zeppelin III was at No.1 on the U.S. and U.K. album music charts in 1970. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestions of Jimmy Page’s that it should resemble an old-fashions gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew aka Zacron, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
Cat Stevens started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1972 with “Catch Bull At Four”. The title was taken from one of the Ten Bulls of Zen a series of short poems and accompanying pictures that are intended to illustrate the stages of a Buddhist practitioner’s progression towards enlightenment. The album is the sixth studio recorded by Cat Stevens. The album produced a music single that reached No.16 on the U.S. Hot 100 charts called “Sitting”.
Genesis released a double concept album in 1974, “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” which is their sixth studio album and the latest album of Genesis to feature the involvement of lead singer Peter Gabriel. Unfortunately this was the last album Peter Gabriel would enjoy with Genesis. The album produced a sox-month tour which has been described by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “a spectacle on par with anything attempted in the world of rock to that point.”
Billy Joel went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1978 with his sixth studio album, “52nd Street”. His first U.S. No.1 album was also the first commercial album to be released on compact disc (by Sony Music Entertainment) and won Joel the 1979 Grammy for Album of the Year. Three songs reached the Top 40 in the U.S., contributing to the album’s success: “My Life” (#3), “Big Shot” (#14) and “Honesty” (#24).
The British rock group Black Sabbath were honored with a star on the RockWalk in Hollywood, California in 1992. The “RockWalk” is located right in front of the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. It honors rock musicians and guitar greats. Founded in 1985, Hollywood’s RockWalk was created to immortalize musicians such: Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder and many more.
In 2001, Britney Spears scored her second U.S. No.1 music album with “Britney”. The album’s success made her the first female artist in music history to have her first three studio albums to debut at the No.1 spot. This record was broken later by Spears herself with her 4th studio album “In The Zone” which charted in the same position.
Atlantic releases The Zac Brown Band’s album “The Foundation” in 2008. “The Foundation” is the first major-label studio album by the Zac Brown Band. The album was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards “Album of the Year” award. As of today, the album has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone.
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 18th are:
Herman Rarebell – born in 1949, Herman is a German drummer, best known for his work with The Scorpions form 1977 to 1995 and played on 8 studio albums. The Scorpions had the 1991 U.K. No.2 music single “Wind Of Change”.
Rudy Sarzo – born in 1950, Rudy is best known as the bass player for Whitesnake. They had the 1987 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.9 music single “Here I Go Again”. Rudy also worked with the bands Dio, Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.
John Parr – born in 1954, John is an English musician who had two number one hits and is best known for his 1984 U.S. No.1 rock music single “Naught Naughty” and the 1985 U.S. No.1 music single “St Elmo’s Fire”.
Laura Lynch – born in 1958, Laura in an American country musician and songwriter as well as a founding member of the all-woman country music band the Dixie Chicks. They had the 1999 U.K. No.26 music single “There’s Your Trouble”. The 1999 U.S. No.1 music album “Wide Open Spaces” and the 2000 music single “Cowboy Take Me Away”.
Kim Wilde – born in 1960, Kim is an English pop singer, author, DJ, and television presenter. She came into the music scene fast and strong with her debut single “Kids In America” which in 1981 rose quickly to No.2 on the U.K. music single chart. Kim also had the 1987 U.S. No.1 single “You Keep Me Hanging On”, plus 20 other Top 50 U.K. music singles.
Kirk Hammett – born in 1962, Kirk is best known for being the lead guitarist and songwriter to the heavy metal band Metallica. Metallica had the 1991 U.S. and U.K. No.1 album “Metallica” and the 1991 U.K. No.5 music single “Enter Sandman”. Hammett is ranked No.15 in Joel McIver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.