In 1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as his best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night”. She left Harrison in the mid-70’s and started an affair with Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton even wrote a song “Layla” about her. The two married in May 1979, but split up in 1988.
Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song “All Along The Watchtower” at Olympic Studios in London in 1968. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the sessions. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at No.20.
In 1972, Pink Floyd appeared at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England. This was the first time that they were able to perform the whole of what became the “Dark Side Of The Moon” album in its entirety. The previous night’s performance in Brighton having been halted for technical reasons.
Music was filling the discotheques in the 70’s. By the late 70’s disco music was played across a number of stations. In 1978 one of the biggest selling soundtrack album “Saturday Night Fever” started a 24-week run at No.1 on the U.S. album charts. It went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide making it the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.
The English progressive rock band Yes started a two-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart in 1984 with “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. It went to No.28 on the singles chart in U.K. the song is the first track and music single from their eleventh studio album 90125. The song was written primarily by guitarist Trevor Rabin with contributions to the final version by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and producer Trevor Horn.
Keith Richards inducted Aretha Franklin at the 2nd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards in 1987. The event was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Keith later took part in a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Sting and Daryl Hall.
Billy Idol please guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 and order to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials. Two ladies, Amber Nevel and Laurie Bailey told authorities they were giving the spiky-haired rock star a lift when Idol, who was in the back seat with Nevel, hit her in the mouth and forehead.
In 2001, American nu metal band Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the U.K. music singles chart with “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” taken from their album “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”. The song peaked at No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The music single also mad the Top 10 music charts in Australia, Finland, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
In 2012 music fans made Adele No.1 on the U.S. music album chart with her second studio album 21. The album which yielded five hit singles including the lead single “Rolling in the Deep”, has now sold over 26.4 million copies worldwide.
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 21st are:
Telly Savalas – born in 1925, Telly is an American film and television actor and singer whose career spanned four decades. Telly is best known for his tough, lollypop sucking 1970s crime drama Kojak. He had the trademark comment “Who loves ya baby?”
Robert Weston Smith – born in 1938, Smith is best known for his career as DJ Wolfman Jack. The American disc jockey made his gravelly voice the voice of radio for many year. Wolfman Jack had an obsession with horror flicks and he perfected the howl of the Wolfman and when callers called into his radio show, he would answer “Who’s this on the Wolman telephone?”
Placido Domingo – born in 1941, Placido is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility to perform in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian.
Mac Davis – born in 1942, Mac is an American country music singer, songwriter and actor. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced great hits such as “Memories”, “In The Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation”. Mac Davis had a solo career in the 1970s and had the hit “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” which went to No.1 on the U.S. music singles chart. Davis also had a television variety show, a Broadway musical and several films.
Jim Ibbotson – born in 1947, Jim is an American country music singer who is best known for his work with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who had the 1971 U.S. No.9 music single “Mr. Bojangles”.
Billy Ocean – born in 1950, Billy is an English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1980s, Billy was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter. Billy had the 1988 U.S. No.1 music single “Get Out Of My Dreams Get Into My Car”.
Rob Brill – born in 1956, Rob Brill is best known for his time as the drummer for the band Berlin. He performed with Berlin from 1982 – 1987 and tensions regarding the direction of the band resulted in the breakup of the band. Berlin had the 1986 U.S. and U.K. No.1 music single “Take My Breath Away”.
Emma Bunton – born in 1976, Emma was best known as Baby Spice with the female band The Spice Girls. The band scored the 1996 U.K. No.1 and 1997 U.S No.1 music single “Wannabe”. Emma had a solo career and had the 2001 U.K. No.1 solo music single “What Took You So Long”. In 2009, she began as a radio presenter on the Heart Breakfast show in London with Jamie Theakston.