The Crickets went to No. on the U.S. singles music chart in 1957 with “That’ll Be The Day”. The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film “The Searchers”. The early rock and roll song was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. The recording was certified gold by the RIAA for having sold over a million singles in the U.S. in 1969. The single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Box Tops started a four-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1967 with “The Letter”. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970. The recording session with The Box Tops included Alex Chilton on vocals, Danny Smythe on drums, Russ Caccamisi on bass, John Evans on keyboards and Richard Malone on guitar. The recording session took over 30 takes and started at 10 AM on a Saturday morning and ended about 5 PM that night.
While working on new songs for their forthcoming album in 1968, The Beatles recorded new John Lennon song “Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand”, (working title of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”). The title came from a cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morris from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.
The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story in 1969 claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. Russell Gibb of the radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story went worldwide. By late October of 1969, the hoax was so well entrenched, that McCartney came out of seclusion at his Scottish farm to deny the story. When McCartney was asked to comment by a report visiting Macca’s farm, he replied “Do I look dead, I’m as fit as a fiddle”.
Mac Davis’ “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me” hits No.1 in 1972. The hit song by country and pop singer and songwriter is from his breakthrough album of the same name. The song spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts in 1972. The song also charted on the country charts where it topped at No.26.
Foreigner release their album Double Vision in 1978. It is the second album by British/American rock band Foreigner and it features the band’s signature song “Hot Blooded” which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The tile track was also a major hit and peaked at No.2. This album was the first in the line of many other albums in which John Kalodner would simply have his name listed twice in the album’s liner notes, as a play on the album’s title. The phrase “John Kalodner: John Kalodner” originated with this album when the album’s producer Keith Olsen was wondering just how to credit Kaldoner’s involvement with the band and the album, in keeping with the double vision theme.
10cc had their third and final U.K. No.1 music single with “Dreadlock Holiday” in 1978. The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.
ABC’-TV’s “Who’s The Boss?” made its season premiere in 1986. In the process, Steve Wariner began a run as the voice of Tony Danza show’s theme song, “Brand New Life”. Steve Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released eighteen studio albums, including six on MCA Records, and three each on RCA Records, Arista Records and Capitol Records.
In 1998, Steve Wariner’s “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” won Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association during the 32nd annual awards on CBS at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. That same night, The Dixie Chicks also won two awards – the Horizon Awards and the Vocal Group of the Year.
Kylie Minogue started a five-week run at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 2001 with “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.” The Australian singers 6th No.1 was written and produced by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis, for which the pair won an Ivor Novello Award for the most performed song of the year. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” also charted at No.1 in 40 countries.
Neil Young was named artist of the year in 2006 at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers. Neil Young has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
Carrie Underwood is surprised during a concert in 2012 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena by Brad Paisley, who joined her on stage for “Remind Me.” Hunter Hayes opened the show and in attendance was Kix Brooks, Vince Gill, Lauren Aliana and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet.
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 23rd are:
Ray Charles – born in 1930, Ray was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer who was also nicknamed “The High Priest of Soul”. Ray had the 1962 U.S. & U.K. No.1 music single ”I Can’t Stop Loving You” plus over 30 US Top 40 singles. He also had the 2005 U.S. No.1 album “Genius Loves Company”.
Ben E King – born in 1938, Ben E. King was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He is best known for his song “Stand By Me” which became a U.S. Top 10 Hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986,
Julio Iglesias – born in 1943, Julio was a Spanish singer and songwriter and a Grammy Award winner. He sold over 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages. He had the 1981 U.K. No.1 single “Begin The Beguine”.
Steve Boone – born in 1943, Steve is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Steve learned guitar from his brother Skip while recovering from a car accident. He joined his brother’s local band with the future drummer of Lovin’ Spoonful Joe Butler. In 1964, Steve and Joe were with the band The Lovin Spoonful and had the 1966 U.S. No.1 & U.K. No.8 single “Summer In The City”.
Toni Basil – born in 1943, Toni is an American singer, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer and dancer. Toni is best known for her 1982 U.S. No.1 & U.K. No.2 music single “Mickey”. Basil worked as David Bowie’s choreographer on his Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 and on his Glass Spider tour of 1987.
Jerry Corbetta – born in 1947, Jerry was a well-known vocalist and keyboardist who was originally in a Denver-based band called Moonrakers. Later, Jerry helped form the band Sugarloaf. The band originated out of Denver, Colorado and the band’s name was named after a mountain outside of Boulder, Colorado “Sugarloaf”. Sugarloaf had two Top 10 hits, “Green-Eyed Lady” and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”.
Bruce Springsteen – born in 1949, Bruce is an American singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Bruce had the 1985 U.S. No.2 & U.K. No.4 music single “Dancing In The Dark” and the 1994 U.K. No.2 music single “Streets of Philadelphia”. His most successful studio albums, “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Born to Run”, showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide.
Rodney Clawson – born in 1965, Rodney is an American songwriter who has a number of hits under his belt. He wrote the hit for George Strait “I Saw God Today”. Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down”, Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You”, Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt”.
Diana Ortiz – born in 1985, Diana Ortiz is best known for her being part of the American pop girl group Dream. Dream was most active from 1998-2003, but did announce that they are making a comeback in 2015. Dream had the 2001 U.S. No.3 & U.K. No.17 single “He Loves U Not”.