November 9, 1967 was a great date for music lovers. The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. The first cover photo was of John Lennon dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, “How I Won The War”. The first magazine also came with a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in 1969, with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art’s voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later come to regret. The song won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Bachman Turner Overdrive went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” in 1974. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary who had a speech impediment. The record company like that take better than the non-stuttering version and released it.
Jan Hammer went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1985 with the “Miami Vice Theme”. Jan is a Czechoslovakia composer, pianist and keyboardist. He first gained his audience by playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s. He later started composing theme songs for television shows and after his release of the “Miami Vice Theme”, he was asked to start doing film scores and later became a film producer.
Warner Bros. releases Faith Hill’s music album “Breathe” in 1999. It was the fourth studio album by the country music recording artist. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 1999. “Breathe” has been certified 8x Platinum by the R.I.A.A. for shipping 8 million copies in the U.S. The album includes the music singles: “Breathe”, “The Way You Love Me”, “Let’s Make Love” and “If My Heart Had Wings”.
Madonna had a film in 2002 titled “Swept Away”. If you did not see it, you did not miss anything according to the reviews. The movie was such a flop that even the opening night of the movie produced some of the lowest attendance for any opening night film. The Washington Post said the film was “as awful as you’ve heard and as bad as you’ve imagined.” Because of the bad reviews, the U.K. decided they would not even release the film.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is an English singer, dancer and television personality and in 2014, Cheryl became the first British female solo artist to have five No.1 music singles in the U.K. after her latest song “I Don’t Care” entered the Official Charts in pole position. Cheryl rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show “Popstars: The Rivals on ITV.” Cheryl Fernandez-Versini had won a place as a member of the girl group “Girls Aloud”. The band went on to have six platinum albums and five Brit Awards. Cheryl later went solo and at the age of 31, Cheryl overtook Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora, who both had four chart-toppers.
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 9th are:
Tom Fogerty – born in 1941, Fogerty was a United States musician best known as the rhythm guitarist and a vocalist with Creedence Clearwater Revival. Creedence Clearwater Revival was a band that Tom’s brother John had and the group asked Tom to join. Tom began backing up his brother on vocals. Originally called The Blue Velvets, then renamed to The Golliwogs and in 1968 renamed themselves to Creedence Clearwater Revival. They were well known by their 1969 U.S. No.2 and U.K. No.1 music single “Bad Moon Rising” and had the 1970 U.S. and U.K. No.1 music album “Cosmo’s Factory”.
Alan Gratzer – born in 1948, Alan Gratzer is an American singer and songwriter who was a founding member of the band REO Speedwagon. He also co-produced REO’s albums from Hi Infidelity in 1981 through the time he left the band in 1990. REO Speedwagon had the U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.7 music single “Keep On Loving You”.
Joe Bouchard – born in 1948, Joe Bouchard is an American guitarist and bassist. He later became a bass player for Blue Oyster Cult during their most successful time. Joe left Blue Oyster Cult in 1986 and started working with several other musicians but one of the best was Spencer Davis Group. During his time with Blue Oyster Cult, they had the 1976 U.S No.12 and 1978 U.K. No.16 music single “Don’t Fear The Reaper”.
Dennis Stratton – born in 1964, Dennis Stratton is an English guitar player who is best known as being a former member of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Stratton was invited to join Iron Maiden as a second lead guitarist and backing vocalist by Steve Harris after he had seen Stratton playing with Remus Down Boulevard. In 1982, Iron Maiden had the No.1 U.K. music album “The Number Of The Beast” along with the U.K. No.1 music single “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter”.
Delta Goodrem – born in 1984, Delta is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress who enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age. Venturing into music at the age of 15, Delta signed with Sony Music and released her multi-platinum album “Innocent Eyes” which topped the Australian Albums Music Chart and reached No.2 on the U.K. Albums chart in 2003. Her other award winning music albums include “Mistaken Identity”, “Delta” and “Child Of The Universe”.