The Beatles made their U.S. chart debut in 1964 when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” entered the charts at No.45 just 10 days after its release. This made it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling music single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.
In 1974, the band Bad Company was formed. Combinations of music artists from different bands combined to make this great band. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke were former members of Free. Mick Ralphs was from Mott The Hoople and Boz Burrell was from Bad Company. The band Bad Company went on to score on a U.S. No.1 music album with their debut album.
Barry Manilow scored his first U.S. No.1 music single in 1975 with the song “Mandy”. The song was originally titled “Brandy” when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English. The song “Brandy” was a hit for Scott English in the U.K. but achieved greater success when covered by Barry Manilow. Manilow’s version scored the top of the U.S. Hot 100 Singles Chart and became No.1 in several other countries as well.
“That’s What Friends Are For” by Dione Warwick began a four-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart. All company and artists profits were given to aids charities. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and was recorded by Rod Stewart in 1982 for the soundtrack of the film Night Shift. But the song did better in the music charts with Dion Warwick’s remake.
At the age of 38, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Other inductees at the ceremony included The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.
Tori Amos was at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1997 with “Professional Widow”. The song was rumored to be about Courtney Love the former wife of Kurt Cobain. The song was written and produced by Tori Amos and included on her 1996 album “Boys For Pele”. The song also reached No.1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play music chart in the U.S.
And now it is time to wish a Happy Birthday to the people that have brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music. Those born on January 18th are:
Bobby Goldsboro – born in 1941 – Bobby is an American singer who had the 1968 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.2 music single “Honey”. The song went on to sell a million copies in 1968. Bobby also earned a Top 10 Country hit with his 1971 music single “Watching Scotty Grow”. He wrote Johnny Darrell’s “With A Pen” and Brenda Lee’s “The Cowgirl and the Dandy”.
David Ruffin – born in 1941 – David is an American soul singer and musician best remembered for his lead vocals with The Temptations during the “Classic Five” period. They had the 1971 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.8 music single “Just My Imagination” and re-issued “My Girl”. David was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008.
Mark Collie – born in 1956, Mark is an American singer-songwriter who scored in the Top 10 singles with “Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying” and “Born To Love You”, during the 1990s and became the spokesman for diabetes. In 2015, Mark takes a recurring role as a bar owner on the ABC drama “Nashville”.
Tom Bailey – born in 1958, Tom is an English singer, songwriter, composer multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Tom is best remembered as the lead vocalist and keyboards for The Thompson Twins. They had the 1984 U.K. No.2 music single “You Take Me Up”. And the 1984 U.S. No.3 music single “Hold Me Now”. The band also had other No.1’s: “Love On Your Side”, “We Are Detective” and “Doctor! Doctor!”.
Jonathan Davis – born in 1971, Jonathan is also known as JD and JDevil who is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist with Korn. They had the 1998 U.K. No.23 music single “Got The Life” and the 1998 U.S. No.1 music album “Follow The Leader.” Hit Parade ranked Davis at No.16 on a list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalist” in 2006.
Luther Dickinson – born in 1973, Luther is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars and for a time among the many lead guitarists with The Black Crowes. He joined the band in 2007.
Estelle Swaray – born in 1980, Estelle is an English singer-songwriter, hip-hop artists, producer and Grammy Award winner from West London. Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, pop and hip-hop. She had the 2008 U.K. No.1 music single “American Boy”.
Samantha Mumba – born in 1983, Samantha is an Irish singer and actress. Samantha shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single “Gotta Tell You” which topped the U.K. No.2 and U.S. No.4 music charts. She also had the 2001 U.K. No.3 music single “Always Come Back To”. Although in 2011, Samantha confirmed her retirement from music and focus on her acting career, in 2013 she revealed via Twitter that she is currently working on new studio music.
Katie White – born in 1983, Katie is a British singer and musician who was with the girl group TKO. After some success with a girl group TKO, her father David White brought in Jules De Martino to write songs for TKO. Katie and Jules subsequently formed the Ting Tings in 2007. They released their debut album “We Started Nothing” in 2008.