Saturday, April 16, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 16

1955:  Elvis Presley appeared at the Big D Jamboree at the Sportatorium in Dallas Texas.
1956:  Buddy Holly released his first single, "Blue Days, Black Nights".
1963:  The Beatles made their television debut on BBC-TV's The 625 Show.
1964:  Dean Martin recorded "Everybody Loves Somebody".
1964:  The Rolling Stones released their debut album in the U.K.

1964:  The "chase scenes" for the movie A Hard Day's Night were filmed with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate section of London.  The Beatles also recorded the title song at EMI Studios in London.  (Note:  several websites report that the song was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.  EMI Studios were not renamed Abbey Road until 1970 and thus Abbey Road Studios did not exist at the time.)
1965:  The Hollies opened their first tour of America at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in New York.  (Note:  several websites report that the concert was at the Paramount Theater (misspelling "Theatre")  The official name of the facility was the Paramount Theatre.)

                           "When I Was Young", from the Animals' compilation...

1966:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass owned three of the Top 10 albums, including #1 Going Places.  The Brass were also ranked #3 with their former #1 Whipped Cream & Other Delights and #6 with South of the Border.  The great Soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" was still in the Top 10 after 57 weeks of release.  The rest of the Top 10:  Ballads of the Green Berets from SSgt Barry Sadler, Boots from Nancy Sinatra at #5, the Best of the Animals checked in at #7, Al Martino placed Spanish Eyes at #8, Boise, Idaho's Paul Revere & the Raiders were #9 with Just Like Us!  and the Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits entered the Top 10.

                  The good-time 60's, courtesy of the Lovin' Spoonful... 

  1966:  The Righteous Brothers were at #1 for the second of three weeks with "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration", beating out "Daydream" by the Lovin' Spoonful.  The rest of the Top Ten:  "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Cher at #3, "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers, "Time Won't Let Me" by the Outsiders, which rose from 11-5, the Rolling Stones fell with "19th Nervous Breakdown", SSgt. Barry Sadler had song #7 with the former #1 "The Ballad Of The Green Berets", B.J. Thomas was at 8 with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", the Young Rascals entered the Top Ten with "Good Lovin'" and Paul Revere & the Raiders moved from 18-10 with "Kicks".
1966:  The Mamas and the Papas jumped from #79 to #34 on the singles chart with "Monday Monday".
1969:  Desmond Dekker and the Aces climbed to #1 in the U.K. with "Israelites".

1971:  Ringo Starr released the single "It Don't Come Easy".  It was released April 9 in the United States.

1972:  ELO made their concert debut at the Fox and Greyhound Pub in Croydon, London.
1973:  Paul McCartney starred in his first TV show as a solo performer in James Paul McCartney on ABC.
1974:  Queen played in America for the first time at Regis College in Denver, Colorado.
1976:  Aerosmith performed in St. Louis at the Kiel Auditorium, the premiere of a 76-date tour.

Victim of Love by Eagles on Grooveshark  
                                       "Victim of Love" from the Eagles...

1977:  Hotel California continued to hold off Fleetwood Mac's Rumours for the #1 album.  The list contained some great albums, including Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life at #3, the debut from Boston at #7 and Fly Like An Eagle from the Steve Miller Band at #10.

1977:  Jennifer Warnes had her first big hit with the #1 Adult Contemporary song on this date 34 years ago, "Right Time Of The Night".
1977:  Actor David Soul rose to #1 with "Don't Give Up On Us".  Thelma Houston was edging towards the top with "Don't Leave Me This Way" and Glen Campbell had #3 with "Southern Nights".  The remainder of the Top Ten--the Eagles were soaring to the top of the charts with "Hotel California", 10cc had #5 with "The Things We Do For Love", Abba fell from #1 to #6 with "Dancing Queen", Natalie Cole was at 7 with "I've Got Love On My Mind", Barbra Streisand was at #8 with "Evergreen", Atlanta Rhythm Section had song #9 with "So In To You" and Hall & Oates fell to #10 with "Rich Girl".
1979:  Anne Murray and her husband celebrated the birth of daughter Dawn.


                    San Francisco's Greg Kihn was at #4...

1983:  "Billie Jean" spent a seventh final week at #1 for Michael Jackson, with "Come On Eileen" from Dexy's Midnight Runners close at hand and Styx moving into the #3 slot with "Mr. Roboto".  The Greg Kihn Band had a big hit at #4 with "Jeopardy", followed by another Michael Jackson song, "Beat It", at #5.  The rest of the Top Ten:  Duran Duran at 6 with "Hungry Like The Wolf", Hall & Oates coming in at 7 with "One On One", Journey's big hit "Separate Ways" at #8, After the Fire moving into the Top 10 with "Der Kommissar" and "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club at #10.
1983:  Stephen Bishop topped the Adult Contemporary chart for the first of two weeks with "It Might Be You".

1983:  Bonnie Tyler had the #1 album in the U.K. with Faster Than the Speed of Night.

The Heart of Rock & Roll by Huey Lewis & The News on Grooveshark
1984:  Huey Lewis & the News released the single "The Heart Of Rock & Roll".
1985:  U2 played the first of three concerts at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1988:  The "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack topped the Album chart for a seventh week, holding off Michael Jackson's Bad while Faith by George Michael was third.
1988:  Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" prevailed for the third week atop the Adult Contemporary chart.
1988:  Billy Ocean cruised to #1 on the R&B chart with "Get Outta' My Dreams, Get Into My Car".

                 INXS was making a move...

1988:  Billy Ocean was #1 again with "Get Outta' My Dreams, Get Into My Car", while INXS found themselves at #2 with "Devil Inside" and Houston was at #3 with "Where Do Broken Hearts Go".  The rest of the Top Five:  "Man In The Mirror", the former #1 from Michael Jackson, was song #4 and Terence Trent D'Arby had #5 with "Wishing Well".

1990:  Simple Minds, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed performed in London's Wembley Stadium in a celebration of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.
1993:  David Lee Roth was arrested in New York City's Washington Square Park for buying drugs.
1993:  Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller played at the Hollywood Bowl in California to celebrate Earth Day.
1993:  Billy Burnette announced that he was leaving Fleetwood Mac.
1994:  Harry Connick, Jr. married Jill Goodacre in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1994:  Bonnie Raitt topped the Album chart with Longing In Their Hearts.
1995:  Bob Seger and his wife celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Samantha Char.
1995: Following the successful operation of Bill Berry for a brain aneurysm, R.E.M. announced they would resume their worldwide tour.  (Note:  some websites report that R.E.M. made the announcement on April 17.  According to 'MTV', R.E.M. announced the news on April 16.)

1996:  KISS appeared at the 38th Grammy Awards and announced a reunion tour after 15 years apart.
1996:  Judy Collins married Louis Nelson, the designer of the Korean War Memorial.
1998:  Janet Jackson began a world tour at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  Opening acts on the tour included Usher, N Sync and Boyz II Men.
1999:  Skip Spence, a founding member of both Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in Santa Cruz, California at age 52.  (Note:  some websites claim Spence died in San Francisco but the correct place of death is Santa Cruz, according to the book 'Got a Revolution!:  The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane' by Jeff Tamarkin and other credible sources.)2003:  Luther Vandross was admitted to a New York City hospital after suffering a stroke at age 52.
2008:  Barbra Streisand donated $5 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
2011:  The Florida State House of Representatives declared it "Jimmy Buffett Day".

Born This Day:
1920:  Ed Townsend, who co-wrote "Let's Get It On" with Marvin Gaye, and also wrote for the Impressions, was born in Fayetteville, Tennessee; died of a heart attack in San Bernardino, California August 13, 2003.
1924:  Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio; died of pancreatic and liver cancer in Beverly Hills, California on June 14, 1994.  (Note:  some websites report Mancini died in Los Angeles, but according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times', Mancini died in Beverly Hills.)
1924:  Rudy Pompilli, saxophone player with Bill Haley and the Comets, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania; died of lung cancer from second-hand smoke in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania on February 5, 1976.  (Note:  some websites using old material insist Pompilli was born in 1926, but new research in 2006 discovered Rudy was born in 1924, as verified by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
1929:  Roy Hamilton, who had a hit with his version of "Unchained Melody", was born in Leesburg, Georgia; died July 20, 1969 after suffering a stroke in New Rochelle, New York.
1930:  Herbie Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York; died July 1, 2003 of prostate cancer in Pecos, New Mexico.  (Note:  some websites claim Mann died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but the correct place of death is Pecos, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)
1933:  Perry Botkin, Jr. ("Nadia's Theme" from 1976) was born in New York City.
1934:  Robert Stigwood, entertainment mogul, producer, and manager of the Bee Gees and Cream, who staged theatre (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita), produced movies (Saturday Night Fever and Grease) and music (the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Player and Yvonne Elliman), was born in Adelaide, Australia; died in London January 4, 2016 at age 81.  (Note:  one site incorrectly says he was born in Port Pirie, Australia.  According to the newspaper 'The Chicago Tribune', he was born in Adelaide.  The town of Adelaide says he was born there and raised in Port Pirie.)

1935:  Bobby Vinton was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  (Note:  some websites report that Vinton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  According to the book "Billboard Book of Number One Hits' by Fred Bronson and the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times', Bobby was born in Canonsburg.)

1939:  Dusty Springfield was born in London; died of breast cancer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England on  March 2, 1999.
1943:  Dave Peverett, guitarist and vocalist with Savoy Brown and Foghat, was born in Dullwich; died of cancer February 7, 2000 in Orlando, Florida.  (Note:  some websites claim Peverett was born on April 10 (one misspells his name Pevertt), and some say he was born in 1950 or 1951.  Some websites report that he was born in London.  The official website of Foghat, as well as the newspaper 'The Orlando Sentinel' reports that Dave was born on April 16, 1943 in Dullwich and raised in London.  There is no place in England named Dullwich--the name of the area is Dulwich in South London.  The newspaper 'The New York Times' confirms that Dave was born in Dulwich and raised in London.)

1947:  Gerry Rafferty of Stealer's Wheel and an impressive solo performer, was born in Paisley, Scotland; died January 4, 2011 at the age of 63 from liver failure in London after a lifetime of alcoholism.
1951:  John Bentley, bassist with Squeeze ("Tempted"), was born in London.
1953:  Peter Garrett, lead singer of Midnight Oil and currently the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth in Australia, was born in Sydney.  
1959:  Stephen Singleton, saxophonist of ABC ("The Look Of Love", "Poison Arrow" and "Be Near Me"), was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
1963:  Jimmy Osmond was born in Canoga Park, California.
1964:  Dave Pirner, singer and guitarist of Soul Asylum ("Runaway Train"), was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1971:  Selena Quintanilla-Perez (Serena) was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, murdered in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 31, 1995.
1979:  Akon (real name Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam ) was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Note:  some websites claim Akon was born in Senegal; he was born in St. Louis, according to 'MTV' and the book 'Lady Gaga Superstar' by Jean-Pierre Hombach.) 

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980's

The Top 10 Albums of 1978

(In no particular order, although you can see what order they will be when the Top 100 Albums of All-Time* is released on this blog next month.)

Usually I won't list live albums unless it was the first most people had heard from the band, as is the case with the one live album mentioned here.  Also, no Greatest Hits or Soundtracks.

               Foreigner's Double Vision

                Billy Joel's 52nd Street

             Dire Straits' incredible debut

                      Aja by Steely Dan

           Another great debut--from Van Halen

                              After years of workin' hard, Seger was now a full-fledged superstar

                                    With Steve Perry aboard, Journey was destined for greatness

     Eric Clapton's biggest solo album

     Speaking of debuts, the Cars sizzled

Cheap Trick proved to be better live than in the studio

Discography: Queen

Queen was a legitimate supergroup, but always far more popular in their native England, as the data below will show.  Here is a complete record of their album releases:

1973:  Queen (#83, #24 UK)
1974:  Queen II (#49, #5 UK)
           Sheer Heart Attack (#12, #2 UK)
1975:  A Night at the Opera (#4, #1 UK)
1976:  A Day at the Races (#5, #1 UK)
1977:  News of the World (#3, #4 UK)
1978:  Jazz (#6, #2 UK)
1980:  The Game (#1, #1 UK)
           Flash Gordon Soundtrack (#23, #10 UK)
1982:  Hot Space (#22, #4 UK)
1984:  The Works (#23, #2 UK)
1986:  A Kind of Magic (#46, #12 UK)
1989:  The Miracle (#24, #1 UK)
1991:  Innuendo (#30, #1 UK)
1995:  Made in Heaven (#58, #1 UK)

Live Albums:
1979:  Live Killers (#16, #3 UK)
1986:  Live Magic (#3 UK)
1989:  Queen at the Beeb (#63 UK)
1992:  Live at Wembley '86 (#53, #2 UK)
2004:  Queen on Fire:  Live at the Bowl (#20 UK)
2007:  Queen Rock Montreal (#20 UK

1986:  Greatest Hits (#11, #1 UK)
1991:  Greatest Hits II (#1 UK)
1992:  Classic Queen (#4)
1994:  Greatest Hits I & II (Box Set)--#37 UK
1995:  Ultimate Queen (Box Set)
1997:  Queen Rocks (#7)
1998:  The Crown Jewels (Box Set)
1999:  Greatest Hits III (#7)
2000:  The Platinum Collection:  Greatest Hits I, II & III (Box Set)--#48, #8 UK
2008:  The Singles Collection, Volume 1 (Box Set)
2009:  The Singles Collection, Volume 2 (Box Set)
2009:  Absolute Greatest (#195, #3 UK)
2010:  The Singles Collection, Volume 3 (Box Set)
           The Singles Collection, Volume 4 (Box Set)
2011:  Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973-1976) (#102 UK)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 15

1956:  Elvis Presley appeared at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1958:  Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster guitar was stolen while the group was having lunch prior to a concert in St. Louis, Missouri.
1960:  The Dick Clark movie Because They're Young, featuring James Darren and Duane Eddy, opened in New York.

1965:  Jackie DeShannon released the single "What The World Needs Now Is Love".  But she could have just as well released the song today, and it would have still been successful.  (Note:  some websites claim the single was released in May.  The correct date of release is April 15, 1965, according to the book 'Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live - A Journey that Will Change Your Life' by Ken Davis.)  

1966:  Buffalo Springfield appeared in concert for the first time, opening for the Byrds at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1966:  Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, the Walker Brothers and Engelbert Humperdinck appeared together at the Odeon Theatre in Blackpool, England.
1967:  Aretha Franklin prevailed for a fourth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)".

1967:  Nancy and Frank Sinatra teamed for a new #1 "Somethin' Stupid".  That replaced the Turtles' classic "Happy Together".  The remainder of the Top Ten:  "This Is My Song" From Petula Clark at #3, "Bernadette" from the Four Tops at #4, the Monkees had #5 with "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "Western Union" from the Five Americans was song #6, Tommy James & the Shondells had #7 with "I Think We're Alone Now", the Mamas & Papas came in at 8 with "Dedicated To The One I Love", Aretha Franklin moved into the Top Ten with "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Jimmy Mack" from Martha & the Vandellas rounded out the Top Ten.
1967:  "Somethin' Stupid" was in the third of nine weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

1967:  The Monkees spent a 26th week at #1 on the Album chart, 16 of them thanks to their debut album and another 10 with their follow-up, More of the Monkees.  That is far and away the Rock Era record, with Fleetwood Mac a distant second with 19 consecutive weeks at #1, all with Rumours.
1968:  Aretha Franklin recorded "Think" at Atlantic Recording Studios in New York City.

1969:  Creedence Clearwater Revival released the single "Bad Moon Rising".  
1969:  Archie Bell of the Drells was released from the U.S. Army after serving in Vietnam.
1971:  The Beatles won the Oscar for Best Film Score for Let It Be at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Hollywood, California.
1972:  "In the Rain", one of The Top 100 R&B Songs of the 1970's* from the Dramatics, spent a fourth week at #1 on the R&B chart.

                      The Stylistics charmed their way into the Top 10...

  1972:  Roberta Flack began a six-week assault on the Singles chart with her #1 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".  That replaced America's "A Horse With No Name" which had enjoyed a three-week stay at the top.  "I Gotcha'" from Joe Tex was #3, followed by "Rockin' Robin" from Michael Jackson, Neil Young's former #1 "Heart Of Gold" at #5, "In The Rain" from the Dramatics moving up to #6, "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond, the Stylistics jumped into the top Ten with "Betcha By Golly, Wow" at #8, Aretha Franklin had #9 with "Day Dreaming" and Sonny & Cher came in at #10 with "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done".

1972:  "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" spent a third week atop the Adult Contemporary chart.
1975:  KISS and Rush were in concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1978:  One duo (Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams with their song "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late") took over from another (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway with "The Closer I Get To You") on the R&B chart.
1978:  Dan & Coley held down #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again" for the fourth week in a row.

                          Flack & Hathaway teamed up for this soul gem... 

  1978:  A song written by the Bee Gees (in this case their own "Night Fever" was at #1 for the 11th consecutive week of what would be 15 weeks in a row for the trio.  The rest of the Top Ten--The Bee Gees' former #1 "Stayin' Alive" at #2, "Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow at #4 with "Can't Smile Without You", Yvonne Elliman remaining at 5 with "If I Can't Have You", Kansas appeared to have a big hit with "Dust In The Wind", Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway jumped from 13-7 with "The Closer I Get To You", Raydio had #8 with "Jack And Jill", England Dan & John Ford Coley moved into the top Ten with "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again" and Natalie Cole scored a top 10 with "Our Love".
1978:  The Soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" continued to set the pace on the Album chart for the 13th straight week.
1982:  Billy Joel was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Long Island in New York when a car ran a red light.  Joel was hospitalized for over a month.  

1984:  Kenny Loggins had the top song in the land for a third week with "Footloose".  Phil Collins was making a move with "Against All Odds" while Rockwell was going the wrong way, down to #3 with "Somebody's Watching Me".  Lionel Richie appeared destined for the top with "Hello", moving from 10-4.  The rest of the Top Ten:  the Pointers had #5 with "Automatic", Culture Club was at 6 with "Miss Me Blind", the Eurythmics slipped to 7 with "Here Comes The Rain Again", the Thompson Twins had a top 10 song with "Hold Me Now", Hall & Oates slipped to #9 with "Adult Education" and Van Halen's former #1 "Jump" was at 10.
1984:  Lionel Richie spent a second of six weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Hello".
1985:  Bruce Springsteen appeared before a sold-out crowd for the fourth of five concerts at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan as part of his Born in the U.S.A. tour.

1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "Nasty".

1987:  Queen was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards Show in London.
1988:  Pink Floyd began a North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1989:  The Fine Young Cannibals overtook Roxette (which slipped to #2 with "The Look") at #1 with "She Drives Me Crazy".  The rest of the Top Five:  "Like A Prayer" from Madonna at #3, "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles, and "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli had #5, just another clue that the quality of music was slipping.
1989:  "Eternal Flame" was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a second straight week.
1989:  Tone Loc hit #1 on the Album chart with Loc-ed After Dark.

1989:  "You Got It", which was to be the comeback song for Roy Orbison, produced by fellow Traveling WIlbury member Jeff Lynne, reached the Top 10 four months after Orbison's death of a heart attack.

1991:  Michael Bolton released the single "Love Is A Wonderful Thing".
1995:  Montell Jordan remained at #1 for a third week on the R&B chart with "This Is How We Do It".

1996:  The remaining ashes of Jerry Garcia were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.  He had requested a small portion of the ashes to be scattered in the Ganges River in India on April 4.
1999:  Entropy starring U2 premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
2005:  John Fred Gourrier (John Fred and his Playboy Band) died at age 63 after being hospitalized with kidney problems in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2007:  Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver and Evanescence appeared in concert at the Quilmes Rock Festival at Estadio River Plate in Argentina.

Born This Day:
1937:  Bob Luman ("Let's Think About Livin'" from 1969) was born in Blackjack, Texas; died from pneumonia in Nashville, Tennessee December 27, 1978.  (Note:  several websites report that Luman was born in Nacogdoches, Texas.  According to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he was born in Blackjack and raised in Nacogdoches.)
1940:  Clarence Satchell, saxophonist and guitarist of the Ohio Players; died on December 30, 1995 of a brain aneurysm.

1944:  Dave Edmunds ("I Hear You Knocking"), who also produced albums by Brinsley Schwarz and the Stray Cats was born in Cardiff, Wales. 

1947:  Mike Chapman, famed songwriter and producer who created hits for Suzi Quatro and Sweet and produced Blondie and the Knack, was born in Queensland, Australia.

1965:  Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes ("What's Going On?"), and an accomplished songwriter and producer ("Get The Party Started" for Pink, "Beautiful" for Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani "What You Waiting For?"),  was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1966:  Graeme Clark, bass guitarist of Wet, Wet, Wet (remake of "Love Is All Around"), was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1966:  Samantha Fox was born in London.
1967:  Frankie Poullain, bassist of the Darkness, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1968:  Ed O'Brien, songwriter and guitarist of Radiohead, was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Tony Burrows

Tony Burrows is a unique individual.  You don't see too many "session vocalists" that are actually lead singers on a song.  Burrows excelled at it.

Burrows began his career in the early 60's as part of a vocal group called the Kestrels and joined the Ivy League (the group not the collegiate conference!)  The Ivy League soon evolved into the Flower Pot Men, which had a hit in the UK called "Let's Go to San Francisco".  An interesting side note to the Flower Pot Men is that two musicians who would go on to found the group Deep Purple were in the Flower Pot Men.

Burrows (in front) with White Plains

Not only was Burrows one of the only session vocalists to sing lead, but he has the distinction of singing lead for four different groups in 1970, all of whom had top ten hits.  That's Burrows' voice you hear on "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" from White Plains, "United We Stand" by Brotherhood of Man and the novelty song "Gimme Dat Ding" by the Pipkins.  Burrow also sang lead on the #1 song "Beach Baby" by the First Class in 1974. 

Burrows also sang on the "I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing", the Coca Cola commercial in 1971, and on songs by 20 different artists including Elton John (including "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer"), Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and James Last.

Discography: Bee Gees

1965:  The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs
1966:  Spicks and Specks
1967:  Bee Gees 1st (#7)

1968:  Horizontal (#12)
           Idea (#17)
1969:  Odessa (#20)
1970:  Cucumber Castle (#94)
           2 Years On (#32)
1971:  Trafalgar (#34)
1972:  To Whom It May Concern (#35)
1973:  Life in a Tin Can (#69)
1974:  Mr. Natural (#198)
1975:  Main Course (#14)
1976:  Children of the World (#8)

1979:  Spirits Having Flown (#1)
1981:  Living Eyes (#41)
1987:  E.S.P. (#96)
1989:  One (#68)
1991:  High Civilization
1993:  Size Isn't Everything (#153)
1997:  Still Waters (#11)
2001:  This Is Where I Came In (#16)

Live Albums:
1977:  Here At Last...Bee Gees...Live (#8)
1998:  One Night Only (#72)

1969:  Best of Bee Gees (#9)
1973:  Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 (#98)
1976:  Bee Gees Gold (#50)--This is an essential for the early sound.
1979:  Bee Gees Greatest (#1)--contains all their big hits through '79.
1990:  The Very Best of the Bee Gees
2001:  Their Greatest Hits:  The Record (#49)--The most complete collection.
2004:  Number Ones (#23)
2005:  Love Songs (#156)
2009:  The Ultimate Bee Gees (#116)
2010:  Mythology

Movies Made by Elvis Presley

1956:  "Love Me Tender"
1957:  "Loving You"
           "Jailhouse Rock"

1958:  "King Creole"
1960:  "G.I. Blues"
           "Flaming Star"
1961:  "Wild in the Country"
           "Blue Hawai'i"

1962:  "Follow That Dream"
           "Kid Galahad"
           "Girls!  Girls!  Girls!"
1963:  "It Happened at the Worlds Fair"
           "Fun in Apaculco"

1964:  "Kissin' Cousins"
           "Viva Las Vegas"
1965:  "Girl Happy"
           "Tickle Me"
           "Harum Scarum"
1966:  "Frankie and Johnny"
           "Paradise, Hawai'ian Style"

1967:  "Easy Come, Easy Go"
           "Double Trouble"
1968:  "Stay Away, Joe"
           "Live a Little, Love a Little"
1969:  "Charro!"
           "The Trouble With Girls"
           "Change of Habit
1970:  "Elvis:  That's the Way It Is"

1972:  "Elvis On Tour"

Discography: Deep Purple

The band Deep Purple was one of the most talented of its time.  Though they didn't stay together long, they spawned other groups such as Rainbow and Whitesnake.  Of course, their best albums are in the late 60's and early 70's, and the current lineup only contains one original member, and has for quite some time.

1968:  Shades of Deep Purple (#24)
           The Book of Taliesyn (#54)
1969:  Deep Purple (#162)
1970:  Deep Purple in Rock (#143)

1971:  Fireball (#32, #1 UK)
1972:  Machine Head (#7, #1 UK)
1973:  Who Do We Think We Are (#15, #4 UK)
1974:  Burn (#9, #3 UK)
           Stormbringer (#20, #6 UK)
1975:  Come Taste the Band (#43, #19 UK)

1984:  Perfect Strangers (#17, #5 UK)
1987:  The House of Blue Light (#34, #10 UK)
1990:  Slaves and Masters (#87, #45 UK)
1993:  The Battle Rages On...(#192, #21 UK)
1996:  Purpendicular (#58 UK)
1998:  Abandon (#76 UK)
2003:  Bananas (#85 UK)
2005:  Rapture of the Deep (#81 UK)

Live Albums:
1969:  Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1972:  Made in Japan
1976:  Made in Europe (#148, #12 UK)
1977:  1975--Last Concert in Japan
1980:  1970-72--Deep Purple in Concert
1982:  1974--Live in London (#23 UK)
1988:  1970--Scandinavian Nights
           Nobody's Perfect
1991:  In the Absence of Pink:  Knebworth 85
1993:  1970--Gemini Suite Live
           1972--Live in Japan
1995:  1976--Kink Biscuit Flower Hour Presents:  Deep Purple in Concert
1996:  1974--California Jamming Just Might Take Your Life
           1975--MK III:  The Final Concerts
1997:  Live at the Olympia '96
1999:  Total Abandon:  Australia '99
2000:  Live at the Royal Albert Hall
           1976--Deep Purple:  Extended Versions
2001:  Live in Paris 1975
           Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy
           The Soundboard Series
           1975--This Time Around:  Live in Tokyo
2002:  1968--Inglewood - Live in California
2004:  Live Denmark 1972
           Perks and ***
           1996--Live Encounters...
           Kneel & Pray
2005:  1970--Live in Stockholm
           1970--Live in Aachen 1970
2006:  Come Hell or High Water Live in Europe 1993
           Live at Montreux 1996
           Live in Montreux 69
2007:  Live in San Diego 1974
           Live in Stuttgart 1993
           Live at the NEC 1993
           They All Came Down to Montreux

Live DVD Releases:
1969:  Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1972:  Scandinavian Nights - Live in Denmark 1972
1974:  Live in California 74
1995:  Bombay Calling
1996:  Live at Montreux 1996
1999:  Total Abandon:  Live in Australia
2000:  In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, 1999
           The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (Box Set)
2001:  Come Hell or High Water, 1993
           The Soundboard Series - Australian Tour 2001 (Box Set)
2003:  Live Encounters
2005:  Live in Concert 72/73
2008:  Around the World Live (4 DVD box set)
2009:  History, Hits & Highlights '68-'76

1972:  Purple Passages (#57)
1973:  Mark I & II
1975:  24 Carat Purple (#14 UK)
1977:  Powerhouse
1978:  When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1979:  The Mark II Purple Singles (#24 UK)
1980:  Deepest Purple:  The Very Best of Deep Purple (#148, #1 UK)--probably the best compilation
1985:  The Anthology (#50 UK)
1992:  Knocking at Your Back Door:  The Best of Deep Purple in the 80's
1993:  The Deep Purple Singles A's and B's (1968-1976)
1998:  30:  Very Best of Deep Purple (#39 UK)
           Smoke on the Water
1999:  Shades 1968-1998
2000:  The Very Best of Deep Purple
           The 1975 California Rehearsals, Volumes 1 & 2
2001:  Smoke on the Water & Other Hits
2002:  Listen, Learn, Read On (6 disc Box Set)
2003:  Deep Purple:  The Universal Masters Collection
          Winning Combinations:  Deep Purple and Rainbow
           The Best of Deep Purple:  Live in Europe
2005:  Deep Purple:  The Platinum Collection (#39 UK)
2010:  Deep Purple:  Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80