In 1959, Elvis Presley had his third U.K. No.1 single “One Night/I Got Stung”. The song was written by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King and was an R&B hit for Smiley Lewis in 1956. Elvis Presley’s version found much more commercial success and hit No.4 on the U.S Billboard music chart in 1959 after he had already enlisted in the U.S Army.
In 1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the No.1 song on the U.S. music chart with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”. The song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and has been recorded by many artist and was ranked among Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time at No. 126. The song peaked at No.4 in the U.K.
The Beatles (along with Billy Preston), in 1969, played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Saville Row in London. Lasting just a little over 40 minutes, it was the last time The Beatles performed live. They played “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “The One After 909” and “Dig A Pony”. Traffic was brought to a standstill as crowd of people gathered below and watched from windows in nearby buildings. The performance itself began around noon on a bitterly cold Thursday lunchtime and lasted 42 minutes. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed he audition.”
After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester in 1973, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances.
In 1975, The Bee Gees begin recording “Jive Talkin’” which became their second U.S. music chart topper and became a No.5 U.K. hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’. Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Can’t Go For That, (No Can Do)” in 1982. This was Hall and Oates fourth No.1 in the U.S., a No.8 hit in the U.K.
Country music artist Kenny Rogers took four American Music Awards in 1981. Two of the awards were: Favorite Country Single for “Coward Of The County” and Country Album for “The Gambler.”
In 1988, Tiffany was at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with “I Think We’re Alone Now”. The song also hit No.1 across many countries including Canada, U.K., and New Zealand. The song was a hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1967 as it peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart.
After spending 11 weeks on the chart in 1999, Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Baby One More Time”. Britney’s debut album also went to No.1 on the U.S. chart on the same day.
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 30th are:
Ruth Brown – born in 1928, Ruth is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She was often referred to as the “Queen of R&B”. Ruth was noted for bringing a pop music style to R& B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records.
Joe Terranova – born in 1941, Joe was most remembered for his part in the quartet band Danny and the Juniors. Formed in 1955, they are most widely known for their 1958 hit music single “At The Hop”.
Martyn Balin – born in 1942, Martyn took the name Marty and is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the found and one of the lead singers of the band Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Starship has the 1975 album “Red Octopus” that was the best-selling album by an incarnation of Jefferson Airplane.
Steve Marriott – born in 1947, Steve was an English musician, songwriter and the frontman of the two notable rock and roll bands. He is remembered for his powerful singing voice which belied his small stature. Steve was also a guitarist with Small Faces and Humble Pie.
William King – born in 1949, William is an American musician and songwriter. He is a founding member of the group The Commodores and played trumpet for them. He later married his songwriting partner and fellow Grammy Award nominee Shirley Hanna-King in 1976
Phil Collins – born in 1951, Phil is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, actor and author. He gained fame as both the lead singer and drummer, for the rock band Genesis and had an amazing solo artist career. Collins is among the best-selling music artist of all time selling over 33.5 million RIAA certified albums.
Jodi Watley – born in 1961, Jodi is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for “Best New Artist”. Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, Jodi ranks as one of MTV Video Music Award most nominated female artists ever.
Tammy Cochran – born in 1970, Tammy is an American country music artist who is known for signing with Epic Records Nashville in 2000. Her debut self-titled album was released later that same year. The following year, she released her album “Life Happened”. Between these two albums, she had a total of six singles on the Billboard country music charts between 2000 and 2003.