Ray Charles was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer. Sometimes referred to as “The High Priest of Soul”, Ray Charles pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues and gospel into the music he recorded. In 1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime, Charles recorded his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he recorded such classics as “Mess Around”, “I Got A Woman”, “Hallelujah”, “I Love Her So” and “What’d I Say”.
Eddie Cochran was an American musician. Known for his rockabilly songs, Eddie experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his earliest songs, and was also able to play piano, bass and drums. In 1956, Eddie Cochran signed a one year contract with Liberty Records, Cochran went on to give Liberty three top 40 hits over the next several years, including “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody”
The Beatles performed “Hey Jude” in 1968, on the UK television show “Frost On Sunday” in front of an invited audience. The song was the first single from The Beatles record label Apple Records and at over seven minutes in length, “Hey Jude” was, at the time, the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at No.1 in the United States – the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles’ single.
Marvin Gaye started a two-week run at No.1 on the US music singles chart in 1973 with “Let’s Get It On”, his second US No.1. The song only reached No.31 in the UK. The song “Let’s Get It On” served as Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music. “Let’s Get It On” incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop and quiet storm. It has been noted by critics for its sexually lyrics, and was cited by one writer as “one of the most sexually charged songs ever recorded”.
Conway Twitty reaches No.1 in Billboard in 1973 with “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”. A song written and recorded by American country artist Conway Twitty, it was released as the second single and title track from the Album “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”. The song was Twitty’s 10th No.1 on the country chart as a solo artist. The single stayed at the No.1 slot for three-weeks and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.
The Allman Brothers started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1973 with “Brothers and Sisters”, the group’s only US No.1. The album was the fourth studio album by the American rock band. It was produced by Johnny Sandlin and the band themselves, the album was released by Capricorn Records. The front of the album cover features a photograph of Vaylor Trucks, the son of drummer Butch Trucks and his wife Linda. The back of the album cover features a photograph of bassist Berry Oakley’s daughter Brittany and his wife Linda.
Stevie Wonder had his first UK No.1 music single in 1984 with “I Just Called To Say I Love You” from the album by the same name. The song was featured in the 1984 film “Lady In Red”, it was 18 years after Wonder’s chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks. The song was written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder. It became one of Wonder’s most successful music singles. Not only did the song top the charts at No.1 in the UK but it became his tenth No.1 on the R&B chart, and his fourth on the adult contemporary chart where it spent three-weeks on both of these charts.
Alabama’s “Jukebox In My Mind” begins a three-week run at No.1 on the Billboard country music singles list in 1990. The song was written by Dave Gibson and Ronnie Rogers and recorded by the American country music group Alabama. The song was released as the second single from their album “Pass It On Down”. The song was also a No.1 hit in Canada in 1990.
Jon Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1990 with “Blaze Of Glory”, a No.2 in the UK. The track appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded. Emilio Estevez actually wanted the Jon Bon Jovi song “Wanted Dead Or Alive”, but Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics fit the theme for a Western movie. Jon Bon Jovi went back to creating a song and came up with “Blaze Of Glory”.
LeAnn Rimes’ version of “How Do I Live” is certified platinum in 1997. The song is from her music album “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs”. Written by Diane Warren and performed by Rimes, the song was no stranger to the music charts. In the U.S., the song peaked at No.1 for four non-consecutive weeks in late 1997 and early 1998. It set a record for staying on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart for 69 weeks. “How Do I Live” ranks at No.1 on Billboards All Time Top 100.
Rodney Atkins climbs to No.1 on the Billboard chart with “These Are My People” in 2007. Written by Dave Berg and Rivers Rutherford, the song was recorded by American country music artist Rodney Atkins. It was released as the third music single from his platinum music album “If You’re Going Through Hell” as the third straight No.1 single from that album.
Arista releases Brad Paisley’s duet with Keith Urban, “Start A Band” to radio in 2008. It pays a lyrical nod to a pair of classic-rock songs: “Free Bird” and “Ramblin Man”. The song was written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gordon and Kelly Lovelace it was released on Brad Paisley’s sixth studio album “Play”. The song is only four non-instrumental tracks on the album. It is Paisley’s twenty-second entry on the Billboard country charts and Urban’s eighteenth.
Rod Stewart was ordered to pay a Las Vegas casino $2 million dollars in 2005 for missing a New Year’s concert in 2000. Stewart had said he was unable to play at the Rio Hotel and Casino because his voice disappeared after an operation to remove a cancerous thyroid tumor. The singer said his voice recovered in time to begin a world tour in June 2001 and he had since performed 150 shows.
Carrie Underwood debuts in 2013 as the voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” theme, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night”. The game has George Strait serving as honorary captain of the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the New York Giants, 36-31.
Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” video debuts on CMT in 2014. The song is the title track from his second album, which also contains his first chart-topper, “Helluva Life”. Frankie stated “I poured as much of myself into this album as I could. With “Sunshine & Whiskey”, I played as many instruments as I could and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented and I think it came out sounding a lot like me which is great, because that is what I think people want to hear”.
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 8th are:
Jimmie Rodgers – born in 1897, Jimmie was an American singer, songwriter, and the first country music star who became famous for his style of yodeling. Throughout his career, he performed several hit music singles, including “Sleep Baby Sleep”, and “Blues Yodel (T is for Texas)”. Jimmie sold over 12 million records and was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Peter Sellers – born in 1925, Peter became a British film actor, comedian and singer. He had a comedy series that ran on the BBC Radio called “The Goon Show”. It was there that Peter had music single hits such as the 1956 UK No.9 music single ‘Ying Tong Song’, the 1960 UK No.4 music single ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, with Sophia Loren, and the 1965 UK No.14 music single ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
Patsy Cline – born in 1932 in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline became a country music singer. Her hits began in 1957 with Donn Hecht’s and Alan Block’s “Walkin’ After Midnight”, Hank Cochran’s and Harlan Howard’s “I Fall to Pieces”, Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson’s “Sweet Dreams”. She was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brian Cole – born in 1942, Brian was well known for his vocals and bass playing with the band The Association. He helped The Association rise to the top of the music charts in 1967 with the No.1 US music single “Windy”.
Kelly Groucutt – born in 1945, Born on this day, Kelly Groucutt was an English musician who was best known for being the bassist and co-lead vocalist for Electric Light Orchestra. It was while he was playing with a band called Barefoot in Birmingham, England, that he was spotted by Jeff Lynne of ELO. Kelly helped ELO hit the charts in 1979 with the UK No.3 & US No.4 music single “Don’t Bring Me Down” plus 26 other Top 40 hits.
Ron McKernan – born in 1945, Ron was an American singer and musician. He became the founding member of the San Francisco band The Grateful Dead. Ron provided vocals and played organ for the band. The Grateful Dead had the 1970 US No.127 and UK No.69 album “Workingman’s Dead”.
Benjamin Orr – born in 1947, Orr was an American singer and bassist best known for being with the rock band The Cars. Benjamin sang several of their best known songs, including “Just What I Needed” “Bye Bye Love”, “Moving In Stereo” “Let’s Go”, “It’s All I Can Do” and “Drive”. The song “My Best Friends Girl” became a 1978 UK No.3 music single and “Drive” became a UK No.4 music single on the charts.
David Lewis – born in 1958, David was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. David was well known for his lead singing with the 1980 and 1990s R&B, Pop group Atlantic Star. During his time with Atlantic Star, they had the 1987 US No.1 and UK No.3 music single “Always”. David left the band in 1994 to return to his Christian roots. He and his wife Marian (who is a form high fashion model with the Ford Modeling Agency, are the co-founders of Into The Light Ministries.
Aimee Mann – born in 1960, Aimee Mann is an American rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist. She was the bassist and vocalist for the band Til Tuesday during the 1980s and since then, she has primarily released albums and performed as a solo musician. Aimee has the 1993 music album “Whatever”.
Gary Baker – born in 1963, Gary is an American singer, songwriter and musician. His success included John Michael Montgomery’s “I Swear”, Reba McEntire’s “One Honest Heart”, Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” and Alabama’s “Once Upon A Lifetime”.
Pink (Alicia Moore) – born in 1979, Pink is an American singer and songwriter. She was originally a member of the girl group Choice but rose to fame as an R&B artist with her solo music album “Can’t Take Me Home”. She went on the have the 2001 UK No.2 music single “Get The Party Started”, 2001 US & UK No.1 single with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya “Lady Marmalade”. Pink has become one of the most successful artists of her generation, having sold over 110 million records worldwide.