Ray Charles recorded “I Can’t Stop Loving You” in 1962 at United Studios in Hollywood, California in 1962. The song would rise to the top of both the U.S. and U.K. music charts and would be included on the LP “Modern Sounds In Country/Western Music”, which spent 14 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard music chart.
The Beatles scored their first U.S. No.1 album in 1964 with “Meet The Beatles!”. The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks. This was the second Beatles album released in the United States and the first released by The Beatles on Capitol Records. The record was released in both mono and stereo formats.
Sly and the Family Stone started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1969 with “Everyday People”. This was the first single by the band to rise to No.1 on the Soul singles music chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart. Just like a lot of the songs by Sly and the Family Stone, Sly Stone was credited as the sole songwriter of “Everyday People”.
Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1975 with “You’re No Good”. This was Ronstadt’s only solo chart topper out of 12 other top 40 hits. The song was written by Clint Ballard Jr. and first charted for Betty Everett in 1963. Also on this day, February 15th, Ronstadt went to No.1 on the U.S. album music chart with “Heart Like A Wheel”. The album won Linda Ronstadt a Grammy Award and was the fifth solo album by Ronstadt and was released by Capitol Records.
Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer Gino Vannelli became the second white artist to perform on the syndicated dance show Soul Train in 1975. (Dennis Coffey appeared on the show in January, 1972. This was Vannelli’s television debut and was singed as the opening act for Stevie Wonder’s music tour. “I Just Wanna Stop” earned Vannelli an American Grammy Award nomination in 1978.
Crystal Gayle becomes the first country-based female artist to receive a platinum album for “We Must Believe In Magic” in 1978. This was the fourth studio album by the American country music singer. The album went on to chart nationally as well. In the U.K., the album hit No.15 and in the Netherlands at No.29. The album had the No.1 hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.
At the 21st Grammy Awards in 1979, the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack won Album of the Year and The Bee Gees were named Best Pop Group and Best Arrangement for Voices for “Staying Alive”. Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” won Record and Song of the Year. Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” won two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.
Whitney Houston started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1986 with “How Will I Know” which also went to No.5 on the U.K. music chart. The song was from her debut album “Whitney Houston” which was released by Arista Records. The song was originally composed for Janet Jackson, but she passed on it after meeting with composers George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.
Garth Brooks goes on a four week stay at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Track music chart in 1992 with “What She’s Doing Now”. The song was co-written by American country music singer Garth Brooks and Pat Alger. “What’s She Doing Now” was released as the third single from his album “Ropin’ The Wind”.
U2 went to No.1 on the U.K. singles music chart in 1997 with “Discotheque”, the bands third U.K. No.1 single. The entire track was leaked onto the internet in December 1996, forcing U2 to move the release date.
Billy Currington nets a gold single in 2006 with “Must Be Doin’ Something Right”. The song was written by Marty Dodson and Patrick Jason Matthews. The song was released as the first single from the album “Doin’ Something Right”. The song charted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs music chart.
Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” reached the one million sales mark in 2015, only 10 weeks after it was first released becoming the 158th track to reach the million mark in British chart music history. The song, from the soundtrack to the film “Fifty Shades Of Grey”, also became the most-streamed track ever 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, February 15th are:
Brian Holland – born in 1941, Brian was a member of the producer and songwriting company Holland/Dozier/Holland. The company wrote many hits for Motown artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board.
Glyn Johns – born in 1942, Johns is an English musician, recording engineer and record producer who has a very impressive list of music artists that he had worked with. Included in the list is : Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, (“Let It Be” sessions), The Eagles, The Faces and Linda Ronstadt, The Clash, The Steve Miller Band, Rod Stewart and Led Zeppelin. Johns has worked with many more talented artist and groups and has helped make their music score in the Top 10.
Mick Avory – born in 1944, Mick Avory is an English musician who is best known as the longtime drummer and percussionist with the British rock band The Kinks. Mick joined the band just after their formation and performed with them until late 1984. The Kinks had the 1964 U.K. No.1 and U.S. No.7 “You Really Got Me” and the 1967 U.K. No.2 single “Waterloo Sunset” plus 19 other U.K. Top 40 singles.
John Helliwell – born in 1945, Helliwell is an English musician, saxophonist, keyboardist, woodwind player and background vocalist for the rock band Supertramp. Supertramp had the 1979 U.S. No.6 and U.K. No.7 single “The Logical Song”.
Melissa Manchester – born in 1952, Melissa is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actress. Beginning in the 1970s, Melissa started recording in the adult contemporary music genre. Melissa had the 1975 U.S. No.6 single “Midnight Blue”.
Ali Campbell – born in 1959, Ali is an English singer, songwriter and a solo artist. Campbell was the lead singer and a founding member of the band UB40. UB40 had the 1983 U.K. No.1 and 1988 U.S. No.1 single “Red Red Wine” and over 30 other Top 40 hits. Campbell had the solo 1995 U.K. No.5 single “That Look In Your Eye”.
Mikey Craig – born in 1960, Craig is an English musician and DJ who is best known as a bassists of the 1980s pop group Culture Club. They had the 1983 U.K. No.1 and the 1984 U.S. No.12 single “Karma Chameleon”. The band went on to have 7 other U.K. Top 10 singles. Craig now performs as a guest bassist in a Culture Club tribute band Culture Dub and is an executive producer for his own critically acclaimed dance label SLAMM records.