The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the U.S. and U.K. singles music chart in 1965, with the Phil Spector song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. The song is considered by some music critics to be the ultimate expression and illustration of Spector’s “Wall of Sound” recording technique. Also a U.S. No.1 at the same time. In 1999, the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century.
The Monkees self-titled debut album started a thirteen week run at No.1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in 1967. This would be the first of four consecutive U.S. No.1 albums for the group. The song spent seven weeks at the top of the U.K. music chart in 1967.
Working at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1968, The Beatles recorded “Across The Universe”. John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girls (who were Beatles’ fans) into the studio. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and a 17-year-old Londoner named Gayleen Pease.
Fleetwood Mac released “Rumors” in 1977. The songs “Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop”, “Dreams”, and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles. Rumors is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
In 1978, Abba started a seven-week run at No.1 on the U.K. music chart with “The Album” which was their third No.1 LP. “The Album” was released in Scandinavia in December 1977. The same LP was originally set for a 1977 release date in the U.K., but had to be pushed backed due to massive pre-orders. The album contained two No.1 singles, “Take A Chance On Me” and “The Name Of The Game”.
The Bee Gees, in 1978 started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Staying Alive”. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever. The song was written by the Bee Gees members; Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb and produced by the Bee Gees along with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. The song was ranked at No.189 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Eurythmics scored their first U.K. No.1 album in 1984 with their second release “Touch”, which featured the singles “Her Comes The Rain Again”, “Who’s That Girl” and “Right By Your Side”. The album also reached the Top 10 in the U.S. The album went Platinum in both the U.S. and the U.K. and was listed in Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
Canadian singer Celine Dion started a seven week run at No.1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Think Twice”. It was written by British songwriters Andy Hill and Peter Sinfield. “Think Twice” features a guitar solo performed by Aldo Nova. (Only a few of Celine’s songs have guitar solos). The song peaked at No.95 on the U.S. chart. And in 1995, “Think Twice” received an Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the Year.
Robert Plant in 2009 said he felt Led Zeppelin couldn’t reunite for a full tour and album because the band feels incomplete without drummer John Bonham. During the interview on U.K. station Absolute Radio, Plant stated, “The reason that it stopped was because we were incomplete, and we’ve been incomplete now for 29 years”. He admitted: “I think the thing about it is really, is that to visit old ground, it’s a very incredibly delicate thing to do. And the disappointment that could be there once you commit to that and the comparisons to something that was basically fired by youth and a different kind of exuberance to now, it’s very hard to go back and meet that head on and do it justice”.
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 February 4th are:
John Steel – born in 1941, John is an English musician who is well known for being the drummer for the band The Animals. John began as the drummer and is the only original member to carry on the bands music.
Florence Larue – born in 1944, Florence is an American actress, humanitarian and Grammy Award winning singer. She is best known as the original female lead singer of the group The 5th Dimension.
Vincent Furnier – born in 1947, Vincent is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. Vincent is better known by his stage name Alice Cooper. The Alice Cooper Band is famous for their guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constructors, baby dolls and dueling swords.
James Dunn – born in 1950, James is an American singer and songwriter who was one of the original member with the group The Stylistics. During the 1970s, the group had twelve consecutive U.S. R&B top ten hits. These included: “You Are My Everything”, “Betcha By Golly Wow”, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “I’m Stone In Love With You”.
Phil Ehart – born in 1951, is an American singer, songwriter and drummer most famous for his work with the progressive rock band Kansas. In the later years of Kansas Phil became the manager of Kansas. Phil was credited for writing two of the largest hits with Kansas, “Point Of No Return” and “Playing the Game Tonight”.
Clint Black – born in 1962, Clint is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He signed with RCA Nashville in 1989 and his debut album “Killin’ Time” produced five straight No.1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks music charts.
Kimberly Watt – born in 1982, American singer-songwriter, dancer, model, actress and choreographer. She was best known as former member of the American pop/R&B girl group and dance ensemble the Pussycat Dolls.