The Beatles second album “With The Beatles” in 1963, became the first million selling music album by a group in the U.K. The album stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing “Please Please Me”, so that “With The Beatles” occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. The album cover was photographed by the fashion photographer Robert Freedman and it has been mimicked by several music groups over the years.
Glen Campbell started a five week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1968 with “Wichita Lineman”. The lyrics were inspired by Jimmy Webb while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. As Webb was driving, he saw an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Webb then noticed in the distance a silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb “put himself atop that pole and put the phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.
Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1971 with “Family Affair”, their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song at #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. “Family Affair” became the most successful hit of Sly And The Family Stone’s career. Billboard ranked it as the No.79 song for 1972. The song was different from the rest of their songs as “Family Affair” is a somber song. Sly delivered his part in a low funk-styled tone instead of his earlier gospel-based shout.
The Eagles released their song “Best Of My Love” in 1974. The song was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther. This song became the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 music single and the song charted it way to the top of the Easy Listening Adult Contemporary music chart for one week. Billboard ranked “Best Of My Love” as the No.12 song for 1975.
Bing Crosby’s last Christmas special aired in 1977. The show is remembered for Crosby’s unusual duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of “Little Drummer Boy”. David Bowie sang the new “Peace On Earth” lyrics which were composed by the show’s writers.
One of the greatest music albums of all time was released in 1982. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released and it spent a total of 190 combined weeks at No.1 on the U.S, U.K., Australian, Canadian and several other countries album music chart and became the biggest selling pop album of all time. Sales saw over 50 million copies sold. Seven singles were released from the album, including “Beat It” which featured guitarist Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather. The other music singles to come from the album was: “The Girl Is Mine”, “Billie Jean”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing” and “Thriller”.
Metallica was at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1997 with “Reload”, the bands third U.S. No.1 album. The album was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping four million copies in the United States. When released, the reception was met with mixed reviews. AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine thought the record was worthwhile and noted it was heavily influenced by Southern rock. Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson said “Reload” “continues Metallica’s journey into stripped-down maturity while toying with fresh melodic textures.” Rolling Stones said the album was not the best work by Metallica. Lorraine Ali said it was a mix of heavy metal and some songs being “bluesy rock and roll and did not mesh.” Musician magazine described the album as “one of rock’s greatest bands at its peak, and the album shows this.”
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. The people born today, November 30th are:
Allan Sherman – born in 1924, Allan was an American singer who had the 1963 U.S. No.2 and the U.K. No.14 music single “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”. The novelty song was based on letters of complaint Allan received from his son while attending “Camp Granada”. Allan Sherman also won a Grammy Award for Comedy for the song in 1964.
Dick Clark – born in 1929, Dick Clark is an American radio and television personality and became the cultural icon as the host of U.S. TV’s longest running music show American Bandstand. Dick Clark also hosted the television game show Pyramid as well as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Dick also created and produced the annual American Music Awards show. As the host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock and roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artist their first exposure to national audiences.
George McArdale – born in 1954, George McArdale played with several bands growing up and did not have the healthiest relationship with family, friends and dove headfirst into alcohol, fighting, theft and rock music. George turned his life around at age 21 as he became the bass player in the Little River Band which became one of the most highly acclaimed rock music bands of all time. Little River Band was the first Australian group to make the top ten charts in the United States achieving gold status. The Little River Band is the only band on nationality to have scored a top ten hit in the United States for six consecutive years.
William Broad – born in 1955, William is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. He later took the stage name Billy Idol. Billy first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. Later, Idol, embarked on a successful solo career and was a member of the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Billy Idol became on the first video MTV stars with videos for songs “Dancing With Myself”, “White Wedding”, “Rebel Yell” and “Eyes Without A Face”.
Mindy McCready – born in 1975, Mindy was an American country music singer who recorded five studio music albums. Her debut album “Ten Thousand Angels” was released in 1996 and was released on BNA Records and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Her 1997 music album “If I Don’t Stay the Night” was certified Gold.