Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album was released in 1965 entitled “Bringing It All Back Home”. This was Dylan’s first LP to break into the U.S. top 10 and included the lead-off track “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which was also Bob Dylan’s first single to chart in the U.S. peaking at No.39 on the U.S. music charts. The album cover was shot by photographer Daniel Kramer and featured Sally Grossman lounging in the background. Sally is the wife of manager Albert Grossman. Scattered around the room were artifacts that included vinyl LPs by Robert Johnson and The Impressions.
Frankie Valie topped the charts in 1975 with his hit single “My Eyes Adored You”. This was his first solo No.1. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. After numerous rejections to have the song released by Motown, Capitol, Atlantic and many other labels, Private Stock Records picked up the release but only with the name Frankie Valie on it – (excluding The Four Seasons). Billboard ranked the music single as the No.5 song for 1975.
Led Zeppelin started a six week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1975 with “Physical Graffiti”. This was the bands fourth U.S. No.1 album. Atlantic Records made history with generating one million copies sold on the first day of the album’s release. “Physical Graffiti” has been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales in excess of 16 million copies.
Teen sensations Bay City Rollers started a six week stay at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1975 with “Bye Bye Baby”. This was the group’s first of two U.K. No.1’s. The song was originally written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, a member of The Four Seasons whose version made it to No.12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart in 1965. The cover by Bay City Rollers sold a million copies and included more backing sound with instruments. Bay City Rollers version also included an eight-bar guitar solo.
Pink Floyd started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1980 with “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2). The track, which was the group’s only U.S. music chart topper, was also a No.1 in Australia, U.K., Germany, Italy and many other countries. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock duo or Group for the song. They were beat out by “Against The Wind” by Bob Seger.
American country music artist Kathy Mattea has her self-title album released in 1984 with Mercury Records. She was introduced to Frank Jones, (then head of Mercury) in 1983 by Nashville songwriter/producer Byron Hill. Kathy has went on to record seventeen albums and has charted more than thirty songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks music charts.
The band Heart went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1986 with “These Dreams”. The single is from their self-titled album “Heart” and this was their first single to become a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart. The song was written by Martin Page and longtime collaborator of Elton John – Bernie Taupin and was first offered to Stevie Nicks who showed no interest in the song.
Diamond Rio receives Gold for their album “Unbelievable” in 1999. This is the fifth studio album by the country music group. The tracks “Unbelievable” and “You’re Gone” were both Top 5 hits on the country music charts n 1998-1999.
Lady Gaga started a run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music charts in 2009 with “Poker Face”. “Poker Face” topped the U.S Billboard Hot 100 music chart, The U.S. Dance Club Songs Billboard, and the U.S. Mainstream top 40 Billboard. It also held the No.12 position on the U.S. Adult Top 40 Billboard music chart and No.75 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard. The song topped at No.1 across many countries as well. The song is from her debut studio album “The Fame” and was written by Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) and Nadir Khayat.
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, March 22nd are:
Roger Whittaker – born in 1936, Roger is a Kenyan/British singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his baritone voice and whistling ability as well as a phenomenal guitar player.
George Benson – born in 1943, George is an American musician singer-songwriter and guitarist. His album “Breezin’” was certified triple-platinum and breezed all the way to No.1 on the U.S. Billboard album music chart in 1976.
Patrick Olive – born in 1947, Patrick is well known as one of the founding members of the band Hot Chocolate. Patrick started with the band playing percussion and then moved to bass guitar and vocals. In 1975, Hot Chocolate had the U.S. No.3 music single “You Sexy Thing”. In 1981, Hot Chocolate was invited to perform for the pre-wedding reception of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
Stephanie Mills – born in 1957, Stephanie is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer-songwriter. Stephanie performed as Dorothy in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz in 1975-1977. Her song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” won a Grammy Award for best R&B Vocal Performance in 1980.