Led Zeppelin released their fourth music album in 1971. The album had no titled printed on it and was generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV, the album went on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
David Bowie made his U.S. debut in 1975 on the television show Cher on CBS-TV. David performed the song “Fame” which Bowie wrote at a jam session while living in New York. During the jam session, John Lennon dropped by the studio and David Bowie had him join in and the final music single was made in one studio session and only three takes.
In 1986, the movie Top Gun hit the box office and became the No.1 movie of the year. Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt along with many more strong supporting cast made this an award winning movie reached the top in 1987 with many accolades. Winning the following: ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards – Won Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures – “Take My Breath Away”. Academy Awards – Best Music, Original Song – “Take My Breath Away”, BRIT Awards – Best Soundtrack and many more awards. With the help of the movie, Berlin started a four-week run at No.1 on the U.S. and U.K. singles music chart with “Take My Breath Away” in 1986.
Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain has really gone and done it. Shania starts a five week reign on Billboards country music chart in 1997 with “Love Gets Me Every Time”. The song was written by Shania and her then husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange and was produced by Lange. Released by Mercury Records Nashville as the lead single form Twain’s third studio music album “Come On Over”.
AC/DC started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 2008 with “Black Ice”. This was the band’s fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling music album of 2008. “Black Ice” went to No.1 in 29 countries other countries besides the U.S, including Australia, Canada, and the U.K
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 8th are:
Gerald Alston – born in 1942, Gerald is an American R&B singer and the lead singer with The Manhattans between 1970 and 1995. While with The Manhattans, Gerald helped spotlight the musical single “Kiss And Say Goodbye” to the top of the music charts and making it the U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.4. Gerald also had a brilliant solo career and later recorded a tribute to Sam Cooke in 2008.
Bonnie Bramlett – born in 1944, Bonnie became part of Delaney and Bonnie. They had the 1971 U.S. No.13 music single “Never Ending Song Of Love”. Bonnie also worked with Eric Clapton during the early 1970s, had acting roles in the movie “Fame”, “Roseanne” and “The Doors”.
Minnie Riperton – born in 1947, Minnie was an American singer-songwriter who made a name for herself in 1975 with her U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.2 music single “Loving You”. The song was also produced by the great and talented Stevie Wonder. Minnie unfortunately had her life cut short with breast cancer but even when diagnosed, she still wrote, sang and produced some great music. During her early years, Minnie had the opportunity to sing backup for Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Barry and Muddy Waters.
Bonnie Raitt – born in 1949, Bonnie Raitt is an American blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist. During the 1970s, Bonnie Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. Bonnie became the No.50 on the list of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All time and No.89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time. She had the U.K. No.31 music single “You” along with the 1990 U.S. No.1 music album “Nick Of Time”.
Leif Garrett – born in 1961, Leif is an American singer, actor and television personality. He became famous in the late 1970s as a child pop star and teen idol. In 1976, Garrett signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and recorded his first album “Leif Garrett”. The album had four music singles released from this album and all charted modestly on the US Hot 100.
Tiffani Wood – born in 1977, Tiffani Wood was an Australian singer and songwriter. She was the winner of the Australian Popstars reality television show. Tiffani is a former member of the female group Bardot. Bardot went on the have the 2000 Australian No.1 music single “Poison” and after leaving the group and going solo, Tiffani had the 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled music album.
Lauren Alaina Sudderth – born in 1994, Lauren is the 2011 runner-up edition of “American Idol”. Lauren hits No.2 on the Billboard Country Album music chart in 2011 with her debut “Wildflower”. Prior to singing, Lauren was working at CiCi’s Pizza and attending high school. Laruen was a cheerleader in high school and performed at several Chattanooga-area venues and became the first winner of the WinniSTAR you talent contest.