Elvis Presley, (along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television appearance on the Dorsey brother’s “Stage Show” in 1956. It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success of their first appearance they were signed to five more in early 1956.
The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart with “Go Now!”. This was the group’s only U.K. No.1. The song was composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett and was first recorded by Bessie Banks, Larry’s former wife. The song reached No.1 and was very popular internationally after The Moody Blues recorded it.
Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album “Animals” entered the U.K. music charts at No.2. The sleeve concept was that of Roger Waters, who lived at the time near Clapham Common, and regularly drove past Battersea Power Station. A view of the imposing but disused former power station building was chosen for the cover image, complete with massive inflatable pig suspended between two of the towers.
In 1978, the Fleetwood Mac album “Rumors” went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart, and also No.1 in the U.K. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world-wide and spent over 440 weeks on the U.K. chart.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart with “Relax!”. BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he refused to play the record. But he did not know that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn the song remained on the charts for 48 weeks.
Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York in 1984, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge. The news came from a fan who made a comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit. The manager of Motely Crue, Doug Thaler, later convinced the fan not to press any charges.
In 1985, the recording took place for We Are The World the U.S. equivalent of Band Aid at A&M Studios in Hollywood. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the all-star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan (who contributed four lines to the charity single), Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof. The music was produced by Quincy Jones.
Eleven years after its release, The Sex Pistols album “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” went Gold in 1988. Music sales in the U.S. topped over 500,000. This was the only studio music album released by the English punk rock group.
From Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader to the world of music Paula Abdul could dance, sing and write. Paula Abdul started a 10-week run at No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1988 with “Forever Your Girl”. Abdul spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.
In 1994, Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premier of Wayne’s World II in London. The couple then went on the Hard Rock Cafe, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a check for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for $42,500 from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers.
TLC in 1995 started a four-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Creep” the group’s first U.S. No.1. It made No.6 in the U.K. the following year. “Creep” was the lead single by the American group from their second album “CrazySexyCool”. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
In 2001, Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the U.K. album music chart with “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”. This is the third studio album by Limp Bizkit. In the first week of the album’s release, it sold over 1.05 million copies.
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 28th are:
King Tubby – born in 1941, Tubby was a Jamaican electronics and sound engineer. He was known for his influence on the development of the dub and remix in the 60s and 70s. He later became one of the best reggae producers.
Dick Taylor – born in 1943, Dick is an English musician, guitarist and singer who had a short music career with the Rolling Stones. He left the band to go to art school. It was while he was at art school that he formed the band The Pretty Things.
William Nelson – born in 1951, William is a U.S. musician who was the original bassist for the band Funkadelic. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Lawrence Muggerud – born in 1968, Lawrence is better known by his stage name DJ Muggs as the producer for Cypress Hill. Along with Cypress Hill, Lawrence has worked tracks for Funkdoobiest, House of Pain, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode and many more.
Sarah McLachlan – born in 1968, Sarah is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter and pianist. Sarah is best known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. Sarah has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards.
Lee Latchford-Evans – born in 1975, Lee is an English singer, dancer, actor, kickboxer and a celebrity personal trainer. Lee is most famous for being one of the two male backup singers of the British pop group Steps.
Joseph Fatone – born in 1977, “Joey” is an American singer, dancer, actor and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boy band NSYNC. In 2007, Joey came in second place on the ABC reality television show Dancing With The Stars. He has also hosted the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee.
Nick Carter – born in 1980, Nick is an American singer who is best known as a member of the pop group Backstreet Boys. As of 2015, Carter has released three solo music albums, “Now Or Never”, “I’m Taking Off” and “All American”. He still continues to tour with the Backstreet Boys and has made appearances on television and had his own reality show.