At photographer Bob Whitaker’s studio in 1965, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next album “Yesterday and Today”. The photo session ended up wiping out all the initial profits after advanced copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers. The reactions were so negative that Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover.
The Turtles started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1967 with “Happy Together”. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon. It was rejected by several recording artist until they presented it to The Turtles. This was the song that knocked The Beatles “Penny Lane” out of the number one slot and was the group’s only chart-topper. “Happy Together” peaked at No.12 on the U.K. Singles music chart.
Lynn Anderson is presented with gold in 1971 as her album “Rose Garden” is certified gold by the RIAA. The album later went Platinum in the U.S. and Anderson was the first female country artist to achieve this accomplishment.
America started a three-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1972 with their debut hit “Horse With No Name”. The song was written by Dewey Bunnell and was the band’s most successful selling music single. RIAA even certified the single Gold in 1972.America went on to score eight other U.S. Top 40 hits during the 70s.
Reba McEntire earns the No.1 spot on the Billboard country music chart in 1989 with “New Fool At An Old Game”. The song was first recorded by Canadian country music artist Michelle Wright in 1987 as the second single from her album “Do Right By Me”. The song peaked at No.11 on the RPM County Tracks music chart in Canada.
Madonna went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1989 with “Like A Prayer”. The song also became Madonna’s sixth U.K. No.1. The song was accompanied by a highly controversial music video, which in 2005 was voted the “Most Groundbreaking Music Video of All Time” by MTV viewers.
Mike and The Mechanics started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1989 with “The Living Years”. The ballad was written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson. The song was released as the second single from their album “Living Years”. The song not only topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart, but went on to reach No.1 in Canada and Australia. “The Living Years” peaked at No.2 in the U.K.
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 25th are:
Johnny Burnette – born in 1934, Johnny was an American singer-songwriter rockabilly musician. Along with his older brother, Dorsey Burnette and friend Paul Burlison, Burnette was a founding member of the Rock and Roll Trio.
Hoyt Axton – born in 1938, Hoyt was an American folk music singer-songwriter and actor. He became prominent in the early 1960s establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with a powerful voice. Some of his most famous songs were “Joy To The World”, “The Pusher”, “No No Song”, “Greenback Dollar” and “Never Been To Spain”.
Anita Bryant – born in 1940, Anita is an American singer, former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner and former spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission. She scored four Top 40 hits in the U.S. in the late 50s and early 60s. Her song “Paper Roses” hit the No.5 spot on the music charts.
Aretha Franklin – born in 1942, Aretha is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father – Minister C.L. Franklin’s church. It wasn’t until she left Columbia Records and signed with Atlantic Records that her music career took off. She achieved success with “Respect” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think”.
Elton John – born in 1947, Elton is an English singer, songwriter and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967. Elton has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. For 31 consecutive years, (1970 – 2000) he has had at least on song in the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. His single “Candle In The Wind 1997” sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling music single in the history of the U.K. and U.S. singles chart.
Cathy Dennis – born in 1969, Cathy is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Cathy had the 1991 U.S. No.2 and U.K. No.5 music single “Touch Me All Night Long”. She co-wrote “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” for Kylie Minogue. She has also written for S Club 7, Kelly Clarkson, Brian Kennedy, Celine Dion, Ronan Keating, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears.
Melanie Blatt – born in 1975, Melanie is an English singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame in 1997 as a member of the BRIT Award-winning all girl group The Saints. The group gained five number one singles, two multi-platinum albums, two BRIT Awards and have sold over 10 million records worldwide.