In 1966 The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Keep On Running”. The song was originally recorded by Jackie Edwards but rose on the charts when recorded by The Spencer Davis Group. Although recorded by several groups (twice by Edwards), Robben Ford and The Romantics, the only chart topping version was The Spencer Davis Group.
One hit wonder John Fred and The Playboy Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Judy In Disguise, (With Glasses)”. It made No.3 in the UK. The song was inspired by The Beatles “Lucy In The Sky”. The Louisiana based band did the song for fun and when Fred first heard The Beatles version, he thought the lyrics were “Lucy in disguise with diamonds”. The band wanted to rewrite the ending since it abruptly ended with “I guess I’ll take your glasses”, but Fred said he would not change any of the lyrics.
In 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Wheaton Youth Center, Wheaton, during their first North American tour. Some reports suggest that only 55 fans attended this show. (If this is true, this would make it the smallest audience they ever played to). This show was on a Monday and the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration. Zeppelin were paid $250 to appear.
Bruce Springsteen in 1968 had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
On the first date of a UK tour in 1972 at the Dome, Brighton, England, Pink Floyd attempted to premier their new album The Dark Side Of The Moon but due to technical problems this was abandoned after a performance of the track “Money”.
In 1975, The US Top 5 singles: No.5 – Stevie Wonder with “Boogie ON Reggae Woman”, No.4 – Ohio Players with “Fire”, No.3 – Barry Manilow with “Mandy”, No.2 – Neil Sedaka with “Laughter In The Rain” and No. 1 – The Carpenters with “Please Mr. Please”.
During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1982, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bay lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer it up and attempted to bit its head off. As he did this, the bat started to flap its wings and Ozzy soon realized it wasn’t fake. After the show, Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
In 1983, Def Leppard released their third studio album “Pyromania” which featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The album has now sold over 10 million copies in the US.
In 1985, the British-American rock band Foreigner had their only UK No.1 music single with “I Want To Know What Love Is.” London-born Mick Jones wrote the song. The song hit No.1 in the U.S. as well and became the group’s biggest-selling hit to date. Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at #479 on the Greatest Songs’ of All-Time.
Music extraordinaire Paul McCartney did not attend the induction of The Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attended. The reason Paul McCartney did not attend and instead sent a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence.
Michael Bolton started a three week run at No.1 in 1990 on the US singles chart with “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”, the singer’s first No.1 and the first No.1 single of the 90’s in the US.
In 1997 Ben and Jerry’s introduced “Phish food”, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
And now it is time to wish a Happy Birthday to the people that have brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music. Those born on January 20th are:
Slim Whitman – born in 1924, Slim is an American folk singer who for most of his career was more famous in Europe than in the United States. He is best remembered for his early 50s music singles “Love Song of the Waterfall”, “Indian Love Call”, and “Singing Hills”.
Ron Townson – born in 1933, Ron is an American vocalist. He is remembered as an original member of the musical group The 5th Dimension. The band consisted of Billy Davis Jr., Lamonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo and Florence LaRue and called themselves The Versatiles. Produce Johnny Rivers said the name was no good and they became known as The 5th Dimension.
Billy Powell – born in 1942, Billy Powell was one of the original members of the R&B singing sensations The O’Jays. Formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, the band went through several name changes including the Triumphs, The Mascots, and after two years became known as The O’Jays. They had the hit music single “Miracles”.
George Grantham – born in 1947, George is and American drummer and vocalist best known for his work with pioneering the band Poco. Graham and pedal steel guitarist Rusty Young were members of the Denver-based rock group Boenzee Cryque when Young left the band for Los Angeles. With new groups Young was involved dissolved, Young, Jim Messina and Richie Furay started Poco and needed a drummer. Young contacted Grantham and he was brought on because of his strong vocals and drumming style.
Paul Stanley – born in 1952, Paul is an American musician, singer, songwriter, painter and guitarist. Paul is best known as the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss. Hit Parader ranked him at No.18 on their list of Top 100 Metal Vocalist of All Time.
John Michael Montgomery – born in 1965, John is an American country music artist. He is best known for his hits “I Love The Way You Love Me”, “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That”. With these songs hit the country music charts, John was considered one of the top balladeers of the 1990s.
Brantley Gilbert – born in 1985, Brantley is an American country music artist who earned his first hit with “Country Must Be Country Wide” in 2011. He followed this up with great music hits “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”, “Bottoms Up”, and “One Hell Of An Amen” among others. Brantley also wrote for Jason Aldean’s hit “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem”.