Germany’s Franz Gruber composed a melody to words written by Austrian priest Josef Mohr in 1818. The song was titled “Silent Night” and was debuted at Midnight Mass in Gruber’s hometown of Obendorf on Christmas Eve that same night.
Led Zeppelin was selected to do their first U.S. tour in 1968. The original band the management company had selected was the Jeff Beck Band but they backed out due to the holidays. Being excited and homesick (leaving family over the holiday) they were a supporting band for Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly. But as the tour continued, it was evident that Led Zeppelin was outshining the bands they were opening for.
The Beatles had the No.1 music album in the U.S. for the third Christmas in a row in 1965. “Rubber Soul” was at the top of the LP music chart, following “Beatles For Sale” in 1964 and with “The Beatles (The White Album” and again in 1969 with “Abbey Road”.
Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers was arrested in Visalia, California, in 1973, and charged with possession of marijuana. Johnson’s court date was set for January 10th, this would be the same day as the band’s new music LP was to be released. The album is ironically titled “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits”.
The Eagles sixth studio music album “Hotel California” spent the first of eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard music chart in 1976. The band’s first LP with Joe Walsh and last with bassist Randy Meisner. The album has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
The Bee Gees started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1977 with “How Deep Is Your Love”, the group’s 4th U.S. No.1. “How Deep Is Your Love” stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks giving it the longest chart run in history. The song reached No.3 in the U.K.
American glam metal band Poison started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1988 with “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The song was released as the third single from Poison’s second album “Open UP and Say…….Ahh!”. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was named No.34 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s. No.100 on their 100 Greatest Love Songs and No.7 on MTV and VH1 Top 25 Power Ballads.
Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart in 1994 with “Vitalogy”. Their third studio album was first released on vinyl record, followed by a release in other formats two weeks later. The LP sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release. Upon the CD release, “Vitalogy” became the second-fastest selling album in history. The album has been certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States.
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, December 24th are:
Lee Dorsey – born in 1924, Lee Dorsey was an African American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s. His biggest were “Ya Ya” and “Working in the Coal Mine”. Much of his music was produced by Allen Toussaint with instrumental backing provided by The Meters.
Ricky Martin – born in 1971, Ricky a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Martin began his career at the age of 12 with the all boy band Menudo. After five years, Ricky left the group and pursued a successful solo career as well as an acting career. One of his best-selling songs of all time is “Livin’ la Vida Loca”.
Louis Tomlinson – born in 1991, Louis is an English pop singer and songwriter, and actor best known as a member of the boy band One Direction. After starting as an actor, Louis became a founding member of the group One Direction which went on to finish third in the 2010 series of The X Factor. In 2013, Louis was signed as a footballer by Doncaster Rovers of the Football League Championship on a non-contract basis.