Loren Greene played the father on the NBC television show “Bonanza”, but Loren also had a No.1 music single on the U.S. charts in 1984 with “Ringo”. Loren was only the second Canadian to have a U.S. No.1 single. The other singer was Paul Anka.
A food fight with custard pies was the highlight of the evening at the release party of The Rolling Stones new album “Beggars Banquet” was celebrated in 1968. Missing was Keith Richards who became ill earlier that day. The original cover for the LP was in the form of a plain white invitation, but was later changed.
Paul McCartney released his fifth album since his departure from The Beatles in 1973. The music album “Band On The Run” became the most successful album by Paul McCartney. “Band On The Run” had two No.1 chart music singles – “Jet” and “Band On The Run”.
The Charlie Daniels Band records “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” in 1978 at the Nashville Woodland Sound Studios. The song was released on their “Million Mile Reflections” album and the song tells the story of a boy named Johnny who had a classic deal with the Devil. The song was the biggest hit of The Charlie Daniels Band as it reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1987 with “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”. This was the ex-Go-Go’s first solo No.1 and it was also a No.1 in the U.K. The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and featured appearances of Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason.
George Strait charted the top of the Billboard country music chart in 1992 with his music single “I Cross My Heart” from the “Pure Country” soundtrack. The song was written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz and reached No.1 in the U.S. as well as Canada.
Hayes is an American country music singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In 2012, Hunter Hayes received three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist, tying him with Taylor Swift for the most among country acts. Hunter released his self-titled debut album in 2011 and it reached No.7 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top Country Albums.
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, December 5th are:
Richard Penniman – born in 1932, Richard is an American recording artist, songwriter and musician. Richard later took his stage name “Little Richard” and became an influential figure in popular music for more than six decades. His dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. And was a key to the new genre of music called soul and funk.
JJ Cale – born in 1938, Cale is a U.S. guitarist, singer and songwriter. He might not be a well-recognized name to many, but songs written by Cale have been covered by many other musicians. “After Midnight” was covered by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia. “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton. “Clyde” covered by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook. And the song “Call Me The Breeze” was covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Eric Clapton.
Jim Messina – born in 1947, Jim started his career at a young age playing in different night clubs and small venues. He later became a member of Buffalo Springfield when they had the 1967 U.S. No.1 music single “For What It’s Worth”. Jim teamed up with Kenny Loggins and were known as Loggins and Messina. They had the 1972 U.S. No.4 music single “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
Andy Kim – born in 1952, Andy is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter. He is known for a number of hit singles and his most famous music single is “Rock Me Gently”. This was the U.S. No.1 music single in 1974 and a No.2 on the U.K. singles chart. Andy also wrote the No.1 hit for the Archies “Sugar Sugar”.
Johnny Rzeznik – born in 1965, Johnny became a singer and guitarist for the band Goo Goo Dolls. They had the 2002 U.S. No.3 album “Gutterflower”. In 2007, Rzeznik was a judge on the Fox network’s The Next Great American Band.
Keri Lynn Hilson – born in 1982, Keri Lynn is an American R&B singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Decatur Georgia, Keri spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists. Keri Lynn Hilson later went on to write for Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige with the production and songwriting team The Clutch.