In 1956, Elvis Presley’s single “Heartbreak Hotel” was released by RCA Records. RCA Records had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in the first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold Record.
Little Richard is an American recording artist, songwriter, musician and an ordained Minister. In 1958, Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville. He became an ordained Adventist Minister. He never had any dreams of giving up music though. In 1986, Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joey and the Starlighters started a three-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “Peppermint Twist, Part 1” in 1962. The song was written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover as they wanted to capture the dance craze The Twist. However, when the song was first written, the song was considered too long for release on a 45 RPM, so they had to split the song into two parts. Hence the Part 1 in the title. The single reached No.33 on the U.K. chart.
In 1962, The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter (Brian Kelly) again.
The Bee Gees made their live debut in the U.S. when they played at the Anaheim Centre, California in 1968. The group formed in 1958 with brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio was known for their tight three-part harmonies and fantastic falsetto.
John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single “Instant Karma” all in one day in 1970. It ranks as one of the fastest released songs in pop music history, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stored only ten days later.
Stevie Wonder’s music was quickly becoming some of the most loved across the airwaves. In 1973, “Superstition” the lead single from Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book album gave him his second No.1 single in the U.S., 10 years after his first No.1. Jeff Beck created the original drum beat while in the studio with Wonder. After writing the song, Wonder offered it to Beck to record, but at the insistence of Berry Gordy, Wonder himself recorded it first. Beck was instead offered “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”, which he recorded on Blow by Blow in 1975.
The English punk rock band The Clash signed with CBS Records in 1977, for $100,000 in the U.K. where they achieved commercial success. They released their debut album in 1977 “The Clash”. It was not until their third music album “London Calling” that they became recognized in the U.S. “London Calling” was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue had her third U.K. No.1 singe with “Tears On My Pillow” in 1990. The song was originally a U.S. hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials in 1958. The song was released as the final single from her second album “Enjoy Yourself”. The song charted in Australia and Canada as well.
Spanish-American Enrique Iglesias scored his first U.K. No.1 music single with “Hero” in 2001. The song is from his second English-language studio album “Escape”. “Hero” was written by Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. The song was actually released just 8 days before the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Due to the song’s subject matter, this was one of the few songs chosen by radio DJs in New York City to be played and show images of the first responders as well as civilians helping others.
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 27th are:
Elmore James – born in 1918, Elmore was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader known as the “King of the Slide Guitar”. Elmore sang a wide variety of blues which crossed over to other styles similar to B.B. King’s and others.
David Seville – born in 1919, David was an American pianist, musician, actor and record producer. Besides music, David loved cartoons and he is the creator of The Chipmunks cartoon.
Nick Mason – born in 1944, Nick is an English musician and composer who is best known as the drummer for Pink Floyd. Mason is the only constant member of the band since if formation in 1965. Nick is also the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every album produced by Pink Floyd.
Nedra Talley – born in 1946, Nedra is an American singer who is best known as a former member of the all-girl group The Ronettes. She performed with her cousins Ronnie and Estelle Bennett. In 2007, The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Kim Gardner – born in 1948, Kim is an English singer and songwriter. He and his neighbor Ronnie Wood shared a love of music and art. In college they met with other artists and formed The Creation. When this band dissolved, Gardner joined with Tony Ashton and Roy Dyke and they formed the English group Ashton Gardner & Dyke.
Brian Downey – born in 1951, Brian is an Irish drummer who is best known as the drummer and founding member of Thin Lizzy. Downey was credited with writing and co-writing most of the songs for Thin Lizzy.
Seth Justman – born in 1951, Seth is an American singer and keyboardist who is widely known for his work with The J Geils Band. Justman co-wrote many of the band’s song with singer Peter Wolf. Justman took solo credit for the U.S. No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart single “Centerfold”.
Janick Robert Gers – born in 1957, Janick is an English musician best known for being one of the three current guitarists with Iron Maiden. Janick is also remembered for his earlier work with White Spirit and Gillan.
Tracy Lawrence – born in 1968, Tracy is an American country music singer who is known for his deep-voiced singing style. Lawrence had a string of hits in the 90s which included “Sticks And Stones”, “Time Marches On” and “Alibis”. His other big hit came in the following decade “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”.