Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1968 with their version of the Bob Dylan song “The Mighty Quinn” which was also a No.10 on the U.S. music chart. Dylan recorded the song in 1967 during the Basement Tapes sessions, but did not release a version for another three years.
In 1970, The Who appeared at Leeds University, England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming “Live at Leeds” album. Since its initial reception, “Live At Leeds” has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time. The University of Leeds refectory, has now been named a national landmark in the U.K., commemorated with a blue plaque.
U.S. singer and songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s Day cards in 1977, after indicating in the lyrics of her Grammy Award song “At Seventeen”, she never received any. Initially categorized as a one-hit wonder for “Society’s Child”, Ian scored a major hit with “At Seventeen”. The song charted at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Ian the 1975 Grammy Award for Female – Best Pop Vocal Performance.
American country music singer Charly McClain claims a No.1 on the country single music charts in 1981 with “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”. The song was written by Jerry Hayes and was the title track of Charly McClain’s 1980 album for Epic Records. This became her first No.1 hit on the Billboard country music charts.
Randy Travis signs a recording contract with Warner Bros., two weeks after recording “On The Other Hand” in 1985. The country music song was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz and originally recorded by Keith Whitley. Later released by Travis as the lead single from his album “Storms Of Life”, the song peaked at #67 in the United States. After signing with Warner Bros. the song was re-released and became his first No.1 hit in both the U.S. and Canada.
Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1987 with “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This was the band’s second U.S. No.1 and it charted at No.4 on the U.K. music charts. The song is from their 12x platinum “Slippery When Wet” album. “Livin’ On A Prayer” was written by Jon Von Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child, and received both pop and rock radio air play as well as heavy rotation on MTV.
The film “Wayne’s World” premiered in 1992 in the United States and featured appearances from Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper. The use of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the film propelled the song to No.2 on the U.S. singles music chart nearly 20 years after its first release.
Celine Dion set a new record in 1998 with her song “My Hear Will Go On” as it had the most radio plays in the U.S. with 116 million plays in one week. The song was also called the “Love Theme From Titanic” as it is the main theme song to the James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Titanic”. Once released in 1997, the song quickly rose to No.1 on the music charts in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, U.K> Australia and Germany.
American rock musician Lenny Kravitz scored his first U.K. No.1 single with “Fly Away” in 1999. The song topped at No.12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart. “Fly Away” is one of Kravitz’s most successful songs to date. In New Zealand the song peaked at No.8 and was certified gold and Kravitz’s was awarded a Grammy in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance with “Fly Away”.
“Boondocks” is a song co-written and recorded by the American country music group Little Big Town. Released as the first single from their album “The Road to Here” in 2005, it became the band’s first Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs music chart. In 2006, “Boondocks” was awarded a Gold single by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 2009 with “Working On A Dream”. His 16th studio album. The album came out of songwriting and recording when Springsteen decided to start work on a new album and with the E Street Band, the album was recording in record time and all while on breaks from their 2007-2008 Magic Tour.
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, February 14th are:
Vic Briggs – born in 1945, Briggs is a former blues and rock musician who is best remembered as the lead guitarist with the Eric Burdon and The Animals. The Animals had the 1964 U.S. and U.K. No.1 music single “House Of The Rising Sun”.
Doug Simril – born in 1946, Doug is the guitar and piano player with the Steve Miller Band. They had the 1974 U.S. No.1 and 1990 U.K. No.1 single “The Joker”. Doug also worked with Boz Scaggs.
Roger Fisher – born in 1950, Roger is an American guitarist primarily known as one of the founding members of the band Heart. Heart started in Seattle Washington and formed by Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher and his brother Mike Fisher. Ann Wilson joined the band in 1970 and sister Nancy Wilson joined in 1974. Heart had the 1987 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.3 single “Alone”.
Kenny Hyslop – born in 1951, Kenny from Silk who had the 1976 U.K. No.1 single “Forever And Ever”. Kenny was also a member of Skids who had the 1979 U.K. No.10 single “Into The Valley” and Simple Minds, who had the 1985 U.S. No.1 single “Don’t You Forget About Me”, and the 1989 U.K. No.1 single “Belfast Child”.
Rob Thomas – born in 1972, Rob is an American musician, singer and songwriter who is best known as the lead singer with Matchbox 20. Matchbox 20 had the 1998 U.K. No.38 single “Push”, and the 2000 U.S. No.1 single “Bent”. Thomas earned a Grammy Award for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit “Smooth”. Rob Thomas also had the 2005 U.S. No.1 solo album “Something To Be”.