Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the music charts in 1956 with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song “Sixteen Tons”. The song was written in 1947 about coal mining and the misery of the job.
The Beatles played the first of an 18 night engagement in 1964 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. The first day’s performance, The Beatles played two shows. The first show of the evening was attended by elite high society people of Paris. The attendees were all dressed in formal suits and gowns. The write up the next day in the high society newspaper was not too kind to The Beatles. But has they were reading the review, they all got a good laugh and did not care because over in the U.S., New York City to be exact, their music single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had hit No.1 in the U.S. and in New York City, the single sold over 10,000 copies in less than an hour.
25 people was all Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played in front of in 1973 at the Villanova University in Philadelphia. Due to a strike at the time with Villanova’s school newspaper, The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised. This made for the smallest group the band had ever played in front of.
David Soul, who made up one-half of the television show “Starsky and Hutch”, went to No.1 in the U.S. with his song “Don’t Give Up On Us”. The song was written by Tony Macaulay and spent four weeks at No.1 on the U.K. Singles music chart and 1 week on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The single sold over 1.16 million copies.
Jools Holland, in 1987, was suspended from his U.K. TV music show “The Tube” for six weeks while taping a live children’s television show. With cameras rolling, Jools made reference to a musician as being a “groovy fucker”. With children watching the live show along with their parents or guardians, this did not sit well with anyone.
24 years after The Beatles first topped the music charts, George Harrison was back on top at No.1 in 1988 with the hit single “Got My Mind Set On You”. This was a favorite of George’s and he always wanted to record it. The song spent 6 weeks at No.1 in the U.S. and 4 weeks at No.1 in the U.K. The song was originally recorded by James Ray in 1962.
Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first U.K. music single in 1988 with Heaven Is A Place On Earth”. The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance by Carlisle‘s husband Morgan Mason.
George Michael went to No.1 on the U.S. music album charts in 1988 with “Faith”. This is the debut album by the British singer-songwriter and was released on the Columbia and Epic Records. “Faith” went on to receive several awards including the Grammy Album for Album of the Year in 1989. The album went on to sell over 25 million copies.
Alan Jackson takes it to the bank and No.1 on The Billboard Country music chart in 1988 with “Right On the Money”. The song was written by Phil Vassar and Charlie Black. The song was released as the second music single from his CD “High Mileage”. The song became Jackson’s sixteenth No.1 single on the Hot Country Singles and Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) music chart.
The Recording Industry Association of America issues a gold album for “Taylor Swift” in 2007. This is the debut album for Taylor Swift’s and was released by Big Machine Records. At the time of the released, Taylor was only 16 and wrote the songs during her freshman year in high school. While experimenting with several music producers, Taylor ending up going with Nathan Chapman.
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 16th are:
William Francis – born in 1942, William an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist who is best known for his participation in the Band Dr. Hook. With the help of Playboy cartoonist Shel Silverstein, Dr. Hook wrote they film’s score to Silverstein’s move Who’s Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me. Not long after the movie, Dr. Hook was signed by CBS Records. The band had the 1972 U.S. No.5 and the U.K. No.2 music single “Sylvia’s Mother.
Ronnie Milsap – born in 1946, Ronnie is a country music singer, songwriter and pianist. He became country music’s first well-known blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time scoring the crossover hits “It Was Almost Like A Song”, “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “Stanger In My House”. Ronnie was credited with six Grammy awards.
Helen Folasade Adu– born in 1959, Helen later became known as the music artist Sade. She went on the have the 1984 U.K. music single “Your Love Is King” and the 1985 U.S. No.5 music single “Smooth Operator”. Sade’s debut album “Diamond Life”, reached No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart in 1984.
Maxine Jones – born in 1965, Maxine an American singer, songwriter and actress. Jones rose to fame in the early 1990s and is best known for singing with the R&B quartet En Vogue. They became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. They had the 1992 U.S. No.2 and U.K. No.4 music single “My Lovin’.”
Jill Sobule – born in 1865, Jill is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 music single “I Kissed A Girl” and “Supermodel” for the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. Sobule over-came adolescent battles with anorexia and depression and you can hear it in her words and music.
Aaliyah – born in 1979, Aaliyah is an American singer dancer, model and actress who at the age of 12, appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. Aaliyah had the 2000 U.S. music single “Try Again” and the U.K. No.2 single “More Than A Woman”.
James Young – born in 1980, James is known for being a member of Eli Young Band which nets hits with “Crazy Girl”, “Drunk Last Night” and ”Even If It Breaks Your Heart”.