In 1957, American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the U.S. and the U.K. singles music chart with “Young Love”. The original song was written by Ric Cartley and Carole Joyner and recorded in 1956 by Ric Cartley. Hunter’s version was released by Dot Records and reached the No.1 on the Best Seller music chart and the Juke Box music charts. The single became a gold record for Hunter and was ranked overall as the No.4 song for 1957.
While working at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1965, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in two takes. The track was released on the “Help!” album. In the lyrics, the singer tells his friend that if he does not value his girl, the singer will make a point of taking her away.
In 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart with “Lightnin Strikes”. The song was written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert and was recorded by Christie on the MGM label. The song gained gold status in 1966 for selling over one million copies.
Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart with his version of the Badfinger song “Without You” in 1972. The song was written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of the British rock group Badfinger and was released on their 1970 album No Dice. Out of 180 artists that have recorded the song, only Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey became international best-sellers.
In 1977, Leo Sayer had his only U.K. No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song “When I Need You”. The popular song written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager, helped Leo Sayer hit worldwide fame. Sayer’s version also became No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1977 and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Other recording artists that found success with the song was Celine Dione and Cliff Richard.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the U.S. in 1977 with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song “Blinded By The Light.” The track was the first single from Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. The Earth Band’s version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is the chorus, where Springsteen’s “cut loose like a dance” is replaced with “revved up like a deuce.” Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a “feminine hygiene product” that it became popular.
The American country music band Alabama rose to the top of the U.S. Country album music chart with “Mountain Music” in 1993. This is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.
Patti Austin and James Ingram started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1983 with “Baby Come To Me”. The song was written by former Heatwave singer Rod Temperton and had Michael McDonald contributing to the background vocals. Quincy Jones was the producer and decided to add the song to Austin’s 1981 album “Every Home Should Have One”.
After years with The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger releases his first solo album in 1985 entitled “She’s The Boss”. When The Rolling Stones signed with CBS Records, one of the perks available to the band members was the help for individual projects and Jagger was eager to jump at the chance.
In 1993, Kajagoogoo had their only U.K. No.1 music single with “Too Shy”. The song was also a hit in other European countries. “Too Shy” spent five weeks at No.1 in Germany, and a Top 5 hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Netherlands. The group had four other Top 40 U.K. hits.
Mariah Carey had her first U.K. No.1 with her version of the Peter Ham and Tom Evans song “Without You” in 1994. Nilsson also took the song to No.1 in 1972. (Carey’s version was released on January 24, 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack). Both Ham and Evans committed suicide (Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983) after an ongoing battle to receive royalties from the song.
American country music artist Luke Bryan is No.1 on the Billboard Country Airplay music chart in 2014 with “Drink A Beer”. Written by Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton, Bryan describes the songs as “the coolest sad song every” as he connects with the story after losing both siblings.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people who brought us music or had a hand in creating the great music that we love. Those born today, February 19th are:
Lee Marvin – born in 1924, Marvin was an American Academy Award winning actor and singer. Marvin was known for his distinctive voice and had many supporting roles a tough guy characters. He had the U.K. 1970 No.1 music single with “Wand’rin Star”, taken from the film “Paint Your Wagon”.
Bobby Rogers – born in 1940, Bobby was an American musician and tenor singer who was best known as a member of the Motown vocal group The Miracles. In 2012, Rogers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Miracles. The Miracles had the No.1 hits with “Shop Around”, Tears Of A Clown” and “Love Machine”.
Smokey Robinson – born in 1940, Smokey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and former record executive. Smokey Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown Vocal group The Miracles.
Bobby Emmons – born in 1943, Bobby was an American songwriter who has written many great hits for several artists. These include: George Strait’s “So Much Like My Dad”, Waylon Jennings – “Luckenbach Texas, “Women Do Know How To Carry On” and “Wurlitzer Prize, Tanya Tucker’s “Love Me Like You Used To”.
Lou Christie – born in 1943, Lou is an American singer-songwriter best known for three separate strings of pop hits in the 1960s and his biggest hit was “Lightnin’ Strikes”. His music teacher in high school wanted Lou to pursue a career in classical music, but Lou had other dreams and that included cutting a record early and being famous from American Bandstand.
Toni Iommi – born in 1948, Toni is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and founding member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
Hans Holzel – born in 1957, Hans was an Austrian pop and rock musician who is best known by his stage name Falco. Falco had the 1986 U.S. and U.K. No.1 music single “Rock Me Amadeus”.