In 1953, American jazz singer Kay Starr (Katherine Starks) was at No.1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Comes A Long A Love”. Starr was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma; her father was a full-blooded American Indian and her mother was Irish.
40 year old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet in 1967 for the trumpet solo for The Beatle’s “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid $42.00 for his performance. In August of 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $10,846.
Led Zeppelin 1 was released in the U.S. in 1969. This was the band’s debut album coinciding with the band’s first headlining U.S. concert tour. It was to peak at No.10 in the U.S. chart, and at No.6 in the U.K. The RIAA in the U.S. has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.
A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard in 1972. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
Barry Manilow’s music went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in 1975 with “I Write The Songs”. The song was written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson. The song won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Billboard later ranked the song as the No.13 song of 1976.
In 1981, Motley Crue formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal, Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
In 1996 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted some fantastic music legends. David Bowie, Tom Donahue, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground were all inducted.
Australian pop band Savage Garden started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart in 1998 with the song “Truly Madly Deeply”. The song was released as the third music single from their self-titled debut album. The song was written by bandmates Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones.
In 2003, music collectors started a bidding war at a London auction with a long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song “Too Many Cooks” and Lennon playing guitar. The track was never released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
In 2003, Singer Lou Rawls was arrested at Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico after an incident with his companion, Nina Inman. Officers reported that she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match resulting in Rawls being booked on one count of battery on a household member.
Republic Nashville announced in 2013 that they had signed American country music artist Cassadee Pope to a recording contract. Cassadee started as the lead vocalist of the pop punk band Hey Monday. She then started a solo career in 2011 and released Cassadee Pope EP in 2012. She auditioned for season 3 of The Voice and all four coaches offered her a position on their team. She picked Blake Shelton and her country music stardom rose thanks to Blake.
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 17th are:
Sheila Hutchinson – born in 1953, Shelia is an American singer who enjoyed great success with the group The Emotions. The Emotions had such hits as “Show Me How”, “So I Can Love You”, “Best Of My Love” and many more.
Cheryl Bentyne – born in 1954, Cheryl is an American singer and songwriter. Cheryl earned the title Grammy-winner singer when she was with the group Manhattan Transfer. Cheryl is still singing with Manhattan Transfer but also enjoys success as a solo artist.
Paul Young – born in 1956, Paul is an English singer and musician. He was the frontman of a short-lived band Kat Kool & the Kool Cats. He became a solo act in 1980’s and had huge success with “Everytime You Go Away”, “Oh Girl”, “Love of the Common People” and more.
Jez Strode – born in 1958, Jez was born in London and is best known as the drummer for the band Kajagoogoo. Kajagoogoo is a British new wave band and best known for their hit single “Too Shy” which reached No.1 on the U.K. Singles music charts and No.5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
Susanna Hoffs – born in 1959, Susanna is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Susanna is best known for her time with The Bangles where she played guitar and sang vocals.
John Crawford – born in 1960, John is an American singer-songwriter who had contributing success to the band Berlin. Berlin. After the departure of Berlin, Crawford started another band and had big success as a solo artist as well.
Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) – born in 1971, Kid Rock an American singer-songwriter, musician and rapper. He earned a country hit “All Summer Long” and earned award nominations for his duet with Sheryl Crow with the single “Picture”.
Amanda Wilkinson – born in 1982, Amanda is a Canadian country singer and is a member of the country group The Wilkinsons. The group includes her father Steve and her brother Tyler. After moving to Nashville, their first music single “26 Cents” was a huge success and led to Gold certification in both the United States and Canada.