Kay Starr was at No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1956 with “Rock And Roll Waltz”. This novelty song is a waltz but also contains a bass riff that is reminiscent of the typical boogie woogie and rock and roll riffs. The song is told from the point of view of a teenager who comes home early from a date and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records. The parents are trying to waltz to the music.
Marvin Gaye was hearing his way to No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1969 with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. Recorded first by The Miracles and the song had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Hall and Oates struck it rich and started a three week run at No.1 on U.S. singles music chart in 1977 with “Rich Girl”. This was the duo’s first U.S. No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and they went on to have five other No.1 hits. At the end of 1977, Billboard ranked the song as the 23rd biggest hit of the year.
Duran Duran went to No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1983 with “Is There Something I Should Know”. This was their first No.1 and their eight single release. The band was on a U.S. promotional tour this day, where they were greeted at an in-store appearance in New York City by about 5,000 fans.
Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1988 with “Man In The Mirror”. The song was written by Glenn Ballard and Siedah Garrett. The ever popular producer Quincy Jones produced the recording. “Man In The Mirror” is from Jacksons’ seventh solo album “Bad” and was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Canadian singer Shania Twain is one of the hottest country music and pop music stars as her second studio album “The Woman In Me” climbs to No.1 in 1996 on the Country music charts. It went on to become her biggest-selling recording at the time of the release, selling over 4 million copies by the end of the year. The first single released from the album is “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” became her first hit on country radio and was co-written by her then-husband Mutt Lange.
English singer-songwriter Melanie C scored her first solo U.K. No.1 music single in 2000 with “Never Be The Same Again” which featured rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from TLC. Melanie replace her former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell from the top of the music charts. “Never Be The Same Again” was from Melanie’s first solo album “Northern Star”.
Santana started a two week run at No.1 on the U.K. album music chart in 2000 with “Supernatural”. The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year (for Smooth) and Song Of The Year.
On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song “Stairway To Heaven”, it was announced that this song has logged an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays in the U.S. alone. In 2006, readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of Queen, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles and Van Halen.
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, March 26th are:
Rufus Thomas – born in 1917, Rufus had the 1963 U.S. No.10 music single with “Walking The Dog”. In 1970 he had the U.K. No.18 and U.S. No.28 single “Do The Funky Chicken”.
Diana Ross – born in 1944, Diana is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She is best known as a founding member and lead singer of the group The Supremes. They had the 1964 U.S. and U.K. No.1 single “Baby Love”. As a solo artist, Diana had the 1980 U.S. No.1 single “Upside Down” and the 1986 U.K. No.1 single “Chain Reaction”.
Richard Tandy – born in 1948, Richard is an English musician who is best known as the keyboardist in the rock band Electric Light Orchestra. Electric Light Orchestra had the U.K, No.3 and U.S. No.4 single “Don’t Bring Me Down” along with 26 other big hits.
Steven Tyler – born in 1948, Steven is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former television music competition judge. Steven is best known as the frontman and lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and holds the nickname “The Demon of Screamin’”. Among the many chart hits produced by Aerosmith, they had the 1989 U.K. No.13 single “Love In A Elevator” and the 1998 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.4 single “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. Their 1989 album “Pump” spent 53 weeks on the U.S. music charts and the 1993 U.S. No.1 and U.K. No.2 album “Get A Grip” scored well on the album charts.
Fran Sheehan – born in 1949, Fran is an American rock musician best known as the bass player in the early carnation of the rock band Boston. Being perhaps the most experienced musician in the original lineup for Boston, Fran has been gigging with his father since the age of 5. Boston has the 1977 U.K. No.22 music single “More Than A Feeling” and the 1986 U.S. No. single “Amanda”.
Teddy Pendergrass – born in 1950, Teddy is an American singer-songwriter and composer. He first rose to fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. In the 70s, Teddy became a successful solo artist. He had the 1978 U.S. No.25 single “Close The Door” and the 1994 U.K. No.35 single “The More I Get The More I Want”.
William Lyall – born in 1953, William is a Scottish musician who is well remembered as a keyboard player, vocalist and flautist with Pilot. He also was an early member of the band Bay City Rollers. Lyall’s went on to work with Sheena Easton before his passing.
Kenny Chesney – born in 1968, Kenny is an American country music singer and songwriter. Kenny has recorded over 20 albums. 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He had the 2002 U.S. No.1 album “No Shoes, No Shirt”, the 2005 U.S. No.1 album “Be As You Are”.