Kapp Records A&R director Al Stanton cut two versions of the song “Our Day Will Come”. Making a promise to song writers Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson that Ruby and the Romantics would make this a No.1 song, and if not, they would have another recording artist perform the song. In 1963, Ruby and the Romantics went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Our Day Will Come”. The song hit No.11 on the music chart in Australia and peaked at No.38 in the U.K. The song was written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson.
Cher, in 1974, went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Dark Lady”, the singers third solo No.1. The song was the title selection from her eleventh studio album “Dark Lady”. It peaked at No.36 on the U.K. music chart. The song was written and composed by John Robert Durrill and produced by Snuff Garrett. It was her last solo No.1 for the U.S. music charts until twenty-five years later when she scored a No.1 with “Believe”.
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1985 with “Centerfield”. This was the third solo album for musician John Fogerty and it spawned a number of hit singles including: “The Old Man Down The Road”, “Rock and Roll Girls” and the title track “Centerfield”.
Country music star Patty Loveless spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Track charts with her music single “You Can Feel Bad”. On March 23, 1996, she went to over the No.1 spot of the Billboard country music chart with that single. The song was written by Matraca Berg and Tim Krekel and was released as the first single from Patty’s album “The Trouble with the Truth”.
Celine Dion went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Because You Loved Me” in 1996, her second U.S. No.1. The Diane Warren song was taken from the film “Up Close And Personal” starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
U2 were at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1997 with “Pop”, the bands fifth U.S. No.1 album. The album was produced by Flood, Howie B and Steve Osborne and released on Island Records.
Jack Jackson was at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 2008 with his fifth album “Sleep Through The Static”, the album spent three weeks at the top of the charts. The album was recorded at the Los Angeles Solar Powered Plastic Plant, which makes it Johnson’s first album not made in Hawaii. It was produced by JP Plunier.
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 23rd are:
Jimmy Miller – born in 1942, New York born record producer and musician. He was best known for his lengthy association with the Rolling Stones, for whom he produced a string of singles and albums during the band’s career.
Michael Nyman – born in 1944, Michael is an English composer and pianist best known for his numerous film scores. His album soundtrack to the Jane Campion’s movie The Piano became a multi-platinum soundtrack.
Ric Ocasek – born in 1949, Ric is an American songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as the vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Cars. In 1978, the Cars had the U.K. No.3 music single “My Best Friend’s Girl”, and in 1984, they had the U.S. No.3 “Drive”, which was used as part of the soundtrack for the “Live Aid” concert.
Yvette Marie Stevens – born in 1953, Yvette is better known by her stage name Chaka Khan. She is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 70s as the frontwoman for the funk band Rufus. Chaka Khan is a ten time Grammy winner and has sold over 70 million records worldwide. Chaka Khan had the 1984 U.S. No.3 music single “I Feel For You” and the 1974 U.S. No.3 music single “Tell Me Something Good”.
Mark McLoughlin – born in 1966, Mark is a Scottish singer who is better known as Marti Pellow and the lead singer of the pop group Wet Wet Wet. Marti came from a long line of builders and when he decided music was his path in life, his family was none too pleased. But he formed his band in high school with friends and changed their name from Vortex Motion to Wet Wet Wet.
John Stohm – born in 1967, John is an American guitarist, singer and lawyer. He begin his music career as a drummer but later in life switched to guitar. He played drums for the band The Lemonheads from 1987-1989. He also played guitar for them from 1993-1994 and 1996-1997.
Damon Albarn – born in 1968, Damon is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist with the band Blur. Damon also co-founded the band Gorillaz and is the principal songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist with Gorillaz.
Abe Laboriel Jr. – born in 1971, Abe is an American session drummer who has worked with Paul McCartney, Skakira, B.B. King, Sting, Eric Clapton, Steve Windwood, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson and LeAnn Rimes. Abe is the son of Mexican bass guitarist Abraham Laboriel Sr. and the brother of record producer, songwriter and film composer Mateo Laboriel.
Brett Eldredge – born in 1985, Brett is an American country music singer who signed with Atlantic Records in Nashville. His 2013 debut album “Bring You Back” produced three No.1 music singles “Don’t Ya”, “Beat of the Music” and “Mean To Me”.