Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1973 with “Midnight Train To Georgia”. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 hit and their first No.1. The record won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight’s signature song.
The distributor of rapper 50 Cent’s 2005 new film “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” said it would remove posters advertising the film after complaints they glorify gun violence. The posters showed 50 Cent hold a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote to Paramount Pictures urging them to take the posters down. The company said it had taken one poster down near a Los Angeles nursery school, and planned to remove more.
Kenney Chesney moves to No.1 on the Billboard Country Top 40 music chart in 2007 with “Don’t Blink”. The song was written by Casey Beathard and Chris Wallin. Released as the second single from his album “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates”, the song became Chesney’s thirteen No.1 single.
Sam Hunt went from quarterbacking his college team the University of Alabama at Birmingham to being one of country music’s hottest stars. In 2014, MCA Nashville released Sam Hunt’s debut album, “Montevallo”. The music album is named in reference to the Shelby County community. “Montevallo” is the name of a small Alabama town where Hunt often went back to and would visit friends, relax and escape the pressures of starting a new career in Nashville. But the name has a deeper meaning as well. Sam Hunt dated a woman who lived in Montevallo and became the inspiration for songs appearing on the album.
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 27th are:
Floyd Cramer – born in 1933, Floyd was an American country piano player and one of the architects of the “Nashville Sound” who had the ability to master the “slip note” piano style where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note. He had the 1961 U.K. No.1 music single “On The Rebound”. Floyd also worked with Elvis Presley on “Heartbreak Hotel” and other hits. Floyd went on to become an American Hall of Fame pianist.
Charlie Daniels – born in 1936, Charlie became a leading figure in the Southern rock movement. His song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” gave him permanent footing in the country music. In 2008, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Lee Greenwood – born in 1942, Lee became a singer and songwriter has released more than twenty major-label albums and charted more than 35 music singles on the Billboard country music charts. Greenwood is best known for his single and signature song “God Bless The USA” which topped the charts when it was released in 1984 and again topped the charts with the devastation of the September 11, 2001 attack.
Jack Daniels – born in 1949, Jack became a member of the band Highway 101 which was twice named the Country Music Association’s Top Vocal Group. They had such hits as “Somewhere Tonight”, “The Bed You Made For Me” and “Cry, Cry, Cry”.
Byron Allred – born in 1949, Byron is best known for his keyboard playing with the Steve Miller Band. Byron appeared on 12 music albums with the Steve Miller Band. But Byron has contributed on other music artists including: Todd Rundgren, Terry & The Pirates, Front Line Assembly, Tonya Raye, Steve Roach, Joey Negro, David Mancuso, Teresa Trull, Norton Buffalo, Adina Sara, Leon Patillo, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff.
Simon Le Bon – born in 1958, Simon is a British musician best known for being the lead singer, lyricist and musician for the band Duran Duran. Duran Duran was formed in 1978 by three childhood friends’ john Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Stephen Duffy. However, Duffy left the band a year later and said this band is going nowhere. Simon’s girlfriend worked at a bar where the band was rehearsing and called him down to help out the band and audition. Le Bon agreed to try out the band for the summer and help out which led to him being a large success on the band’s first music album “Duran Duran” which was released in 1981.