Dion started a two-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1961 with “Runaround Sue”. The song is co-written by Dion and Ernie Maresca and tells the story of a disloyal lover. “Run Around Sue” ranked No.342 on the Rolling Stone list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song was later covered by Leif Garrett in 1977. In 1978 Leif’s song reached No.13 on the Billboard, No.18 on Cash Box and No.15 in Canada.
Stevie Wonder recorded his first music single in 1962 for Motown Records at the age of twelve. The song was “Thank You For Loving Me All The Way” and was backed by the Funk Brothers. The song was composed by Clarence Paul, Eddie Holland and William Stevenson. It was produced and arranged by Clarence Paul and William Stevenson. The song was on the B-side of “Castle In The Sand” and the song was not real welcomed at first play. Stevie talking about a love for an unknown woman and the riches he would give her, made for a very uncomfortable feeling when first played. But in the end it all makes sense as Stevie was referring to his mother.
Bob Dylan recorded “The Times They Are A-Changin” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish Ballads. In January 1984, a young Steve Jobs would recite the second verse of “The Times They Are-A Changin” during his opening of the 1984 Annual Apple Shareholders Meeting, where he famously unveiled the Macintosh computer for the first time.
The band Chicago started a two-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1976 with “If You Leave Me Now”. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first U.S. No.1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance. This was the first Chicago music single to feature an acoustic guitar lead. It was played by the band’s manager James William Guercio. Chicago’s bass player Peter Cetera wrote and sang lead. Lyrically, this is a surprisingly simple song, but it does not have the usual structure. Depending on how you look at it, there’s either no chorus, or its all chorus. The song opens with the title line, “If you leave me now, you’ll take away the biggest part of me”. The next line gives Peter the chance to show off his vocal range “Ooooh no, baby please don’t go.” Then the title returns but differently: “If you leave me now, you’ll take away the very heart of me.”
CBS-Records in 1978, became the first record label to raise the price of an album to a whopping price of $8.98. This was unheard of and a lot of people thought that this would be the end of CBS-Records. But they paved the way for other record companies to see that people will pay for music.
Culture Club was at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1982 with “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, the group’s first chart topper and the first of 12 U.K. Top 40 hits. The song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on the television show Top Of The Pops when they stood in for Shakin’ Stevens who was ill and could not appear on the show.
Meat Loaf had his first U.K. No.1 in 1993 with “I’d Do Anything For Love – (But I Won’t Do That)”. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first U.S. No.1 hit. In an interview in February 2014, Meat Loaf finally comes cleans as to what “That” is in the title “But I Won’t Do That”. Meat Loaf went on to explain the meaning: “I’ll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life/I’ll do anything for love/But I won’t do that”
George Strait’s “Easy Come, Easy Go” hits No.1 on the Billboard country music album chart in 1993. This is the fourteenth studio album by the American country music artist. The album produced four singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. The title track “Easy Come Easy Go” which hit No.1, “Lovebug” which topped the charts at No.8, “I’d Like to Have That One Back” rose to No.3 and “The Man In Love With You” topped at No.5.
George Strait’s “I Hate Everything” rises to No.1 on the Billboard country music chart in 2004. The song was written by Gary Harrison and Keith Stegall. The song was released as the lead single on his album “50 Number Ones”. The song also peaked at No.35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rounder releases “Raising Sand” in 2007, an album matching Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin founder Robert Plant. The album became a Grammy Award winning collaboration by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss that many thought would not mesh well together. When the album won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards skeptics had to step back and realize that musicians from different genres can produce great music. “Raising Sand” was ranked #24 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. “Raising Sand” was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. in 2008.
Blake Shelton becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2010. For his big night, he performs “All About Tonight”, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” and “Home”. Later that night, he teamed up with Trace Adkins and does a duet on Hillbilly Bone.
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, October 23rd are:
Freddie Marsden – born in 1940, Freddie was considered the good-natured older brother of the equally outgoing singer/guitarist Gerry Marsden. Freddy was the drummer in their group Gerry and The Pacemakers. Gerry and The Pacemakers had the 1963 U.K. No.1 music single “How Do You Do It” and the 1965 U.S. No.6 music single “Ferry Cross The Mersey”.
Dwight Yoakam – born in 1956, Dwight an American country singer, actor and film director. Dwight developed an edgy vocal style and a proclivity for roots music, he became one of country’s most creative forces who is most famous for his pioneering country music which has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard No.1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Augmenting such iconic hits as “Honky Tonk Man”, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”, and “Fast As You” with a side career as an actor.
Kelly Marie – born in 1957, Kelly is a Scottish disco singer. Her most notable music hit was the 1980 U.K. No.1 music single “Feels Like I’m In Love”, written by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry and was Ray had envisioned Elvis Presley singing the song. It was not known though if the song was ever pitched to Elvis. Kelly Marie and Peter Yellowstone thought this would be the song that would spring Kelly back into the mainstream and be a hit.
Jimmy Wayne – born in 1972, this American country music singer and songwriter had his debut album in 2003. In 2008, he captured his first No.1 with “Do You Believe Me Now”” and calls attention to teen homelessness with a 2010 walk from Nashville to Phoenix.