Saturday, October 29, 2011

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "I Believe" by Blessid Union of Souls

Blessid Union of Souls came up with this positive, uplifting message about equality, understanding and faith.
"I Believe"
by Blessid Union of Souls

Words and Music by Eliot Sloan

Walk blindly to the light and reach out for his hand
Don't ask any questions and don't try to understand
Open up your mind and then open up your heart
And you will see that you and me aren't very far apart

'Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

Violence is spread worldwide and there are families on the street
And we sell drugs to children now oh why can't we just see
That all we do is eliminate our future with the things we do today
Money is our incentive now so that makes it okay

But I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

I've been seeing Lisa now for a little over a year
She said she's never been so happy but Lisa lives in fear
That one day daddy's gonna find out she's in love
With a brother from the streets
Oh how he would lose it then but she's still here with me
'Cause she believes that love will see it through
And one day he'll understand
And he'll see me as a person not just a black man

'Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe I believe I believe I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way
Please love find the way
Please love find the way

This Date in Rock Music History: October 29

1957:  Bobby Helms recorded "Jingle Bell Rock" at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

1958:  The Platters released their incredible single "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".
1961:  Bob Dylan performed on the television show Folksong Festival.
1962:  The Beatles performed "Love Me Do" and "A Taste Of Honey" for the television program People and Places on Grenada TV.
1963:  The Hollies went into the recording studio for the first time to begin recording their debut album.
1963:  The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Bo Diddley were in concert with two shows at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.

1966:  A new American group called the Monkees were causing a sensation and that fervor propelled their debut album from 18 to 6 on the Album chart.
1966:  Roger Williams had the #1 Easy Listening song with "Born Free".
1966:  The Four Tops owned the top R&B song with "Reach Out I'll Be There".
1966:  The Beach Boys jumped from 81 to 38 with "Good  Vibrations".

1966:  ? & the Mysterians moved into the #1 slot with "96 Tears".  Newcomers the Monkees were at #2 with their first hit "Last Train To Clarksville" and the previous #1 from the Four Tops--"Reach Out I'll Be There" was third.  Johnny Rivers had a huge hit as "Poor Side Of Town" was up to #4 with The Left Banke edging up with "Walk Away Renee".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Dandy" from Herman's Hermits, Jimmy Ruffin had a solo hit with "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted", Tommy Roe reached the Top 10 again with "Hooray For Hazel", the Rolling Stones tried to break the record for the longest title with "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? and Eric Burdon & the Animals were at 10 with "See See Rider".
1967:  The Beatles filmed for the movie Magical Mystery Tour.
1967:  The smash musical Hair opened  at Joseph Papp's Public Theater off Broadway.

1967:  Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London.
1967:  During a performance on American Bandstand, lead singer Syd Barrett kept his mouth shut for the entire time Pink Floyd was supposed to be lip synching the song "See Emily Play".  (Note:  numerous websites report
1970:  Neil Diamond earned a gold record for the single "Cracklin' Rosie".

1971:  Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia when he swerved to miss a tractor-trailer and lost control.
1972:  Diana Ross gave birth to her second daughter Tracee in Los Angeles.

1973:  John Lennon released the single "Mind Games" in the U.S.
1975:  Joan Baez joined Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.
1977:  Barry White made it five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with his fifth #1 R&B--"It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me".
1977:  Firefall moved into the #1 position on the Easy Listening chart with "Just Remember I Love You".

1977:  The Babys had a hot new sound with "Isn't It Time", which moved from 58 to 32 on this date.

           Donna Summer had another big hit...

1977:  Debby Boone appeared to have a huge hit as "You Light Up My Life" was #1 for the third straight week.  It wasn't close to done.  Carly Simon would have to settle for having one of the top #2 songs of the Rock Era--"Nobody Does It Better".  Shaun Cassidy was stuck at three with "That's Rock 'N' Roll", Heatwave's "Boogie Nights" was behind him and K.C. and the Sunshine Band was on the way down with "Keep It Comin' Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Commodores and "Brick House", Donna Summer's great song "I Feel Love", Barry White scored his sixth and final Top 10 with "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me", Meco's former #1 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" was song #9 and Crystal Gayle entered the Top 10 for the first time with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".

1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was #1 for a 25th week on the Album chart.  

1979:  Steve Forbert released the single "Romeo's Tune".
1983:  We didn't know quite what to make of a newcomer on the scene...and we still don't.  On this date, Madonna's first single debuted on the chart--"Holiday".
1983:  For the third week in a row, "Islands In The Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton held down the top spot on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1983:  Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton scored a #1 song together with "Islands In The Stream".  Bonnie Tyler finally took a back seat with "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" after four weeks.  Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" was #3 followed by the timeless "True" from Spandau Ballet.  The rest of a solid Top 10:  The Fixx with "One Thing Leads To Another", Air Supply's "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All", the Police remained at #7 with "King Of Pain", Prince and "Delirious", Sheena Easton was at #9 with "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" and Billy Joel registered his sixth Top 10 with "Uptown Girl".
1983:  Synchronicity by the Police continued to hold off Michael Jackson's attempt to return to #1 on the Album chart with Thriller.  Metal Health by Quiet Riot was a very distant third with An Innocent Man from Billy Joel #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Faster Than the Speed of Night by Bonnie Tyler, Pyromania by Def Leppard, the Soundtrack to "Flashdance" at #7, Air Supply with their Greatest Hits album, Kenny Rogers with a new entry--Eyes That See in the Dark and, although she had changed musical direction, it didn't affect her success as Linda Ronstadt reached the Top 10 yet again with What's New.
1983:  Karyn White scored the first of three consecutive #1's on the R&B chart with "The Way You Love Me".

1983:  Pink Floyd set a new Rock Era record as Dark Side of the Moon placed on the album chart for the 491st week.  That broke the mark set by Johnny Mathis for Johnny's Greatest Hits.  The Floyd didn't let up, however, until they got to 780 weeks.
1984:  Bryan Adams released his landmark album Reckless.
1984:  Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans and Meat Loaf, died at the age of 45 after choking on his own vomit following what else--a night of heavy drinking.
1987:  Ron Wood, guitarist of the Rolling Stones, opened an art exhibition in London called Decades, which featured portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

1988:  Originally with Clannad, Enya began a solo career that got off to a good start with the #1 song in the U.K.--"Orinoco Flow".

      The Escape Club brought back The Wild Wild West...

1988:  Phil Collins was still at #1 with the remake of the Mindbenders' song "Groovy Kind Of Love".  The Beach Boys were one spot away from yet another #1 song with "Kokomo" and the Escape Club found itself in the "Wild, Wild West" at #3.  UB40's former #1 "Red Red Wine" was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Information Society with "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)", Steve Winwood's great song "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" was up to 6, Kylie Minogue and yet another remake--"The Loco-Motion", INXS reached the Top 10 again with "Never Tear Us Apart", Whitney Houston's memorable "One Moment In Time" gave her an unbelievable 10 Top 10 songs in a row and Bon Jovi entered the list with "Bad Medicine".
1988:  New Jersey by Bon Jovi was #1 on the Album chart for a third week. 

1988:  "One Moment In Time", the great song from Whitney Houston, rose to #1 on the AC chart.
1990:  The Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, the Impressions and John Lee Hooker were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The seven would be formally honored at a ceremony on January 16, 1991.
1991:  Margo Sylvia, lead singer of the Tune Weavers ("Happy Happy Birthday Baby"), died of a heart attack in San Diego, California at the age of 55.
1991:  Steve O'Rourke, David Gilmour and Nick Mason of  Pink Floyd were injured in an automobile race in Mexico, when their car rolled 230 feet down an embankment.
1991:  The Memphis City Council named part of Interstate 55 the "B.B. King Freeway".

            Real McCoy had a hot song on the chart...

1994:  Boyz II Men were just four weeks away from the existing Rock Era record with their 10th week at #1 for "I'll Make Love To You".  Sheryl Crow spent a fourth week in the runner-up spot with "All I Wanna' Do".  Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross had another remake--"Endless Love" at #3, Madonna remained at #4 with "Secret" and Real McCoy was up to #5 with "Another Night".

           The Cranberries...

1994:  II by Boyz II Men returned to #1 on the album chart, displacing Monster by R.E.M.  Eric Clapton was next with From the Cradle, Offspring's Smash was #4 and Dookie from Green Day was fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  "The Lion King" Soundtrack, Anita Baker with Rhythm of Love, the solid debut album Tuesday Night Music Club from Sheryl Crow moved into the Top 10, No Need to Argue from the Cranberries moved from 12-9 and Pisces Iscariot by the Smashing Pumpkins was #10.
1998:  Steven Adler, drummer of Guns 'N Roses, surrendered to police to begin serving a 150-day sentence for two counts of battery and violation of his parole.

2000:  The Spice Girls hit #1 in the U.K. with "Holler/Let Love Lead The Way", their ninth #1 on that chart, tied for fourth all-time.
2000:  Limp Bizkit had the #1 album with Chocolate Starfish.
2001:  U2 made their first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on CBS-TV.
2002:  Christina Aguilera released her album Stripped.
2002:  The Sonny Bono Memorial Concourse was dedicated to the late star at the Palm Springs, California airport.

2003:  Puddle of Mudd ("Blurry") announced a fan contest in which the winner would get to be the fifth member of the group for a week on tour.
2003:  A new Neilsen survey indicated the Beatles were attracting younger fans in great numbers.  Nearly one-third of their fan base was now age 18-24.  So much for them going away anytime soon...or ever.  

2003:  Gwen Stefani unveiled her new L.A.M.B. clothing line.
2003:  Joan Jett was a guest on the television show Crossing Over With John Edward.
2003:  Steve O'Rourke, manager of Pink Floyd beginning in 1968, died of a stroke in Miami, Florida at age 63.

2003:  Clay Aiken owned the top album with Measure of a Man.
2005:  I love it when things like this happen in rap music for it proves my point.  R. Kelly, who was touring with Jay-Z, was pepper-sprayed by a member of Jay-Z's entourage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2006:  Robbie Williams had the top album in the U.K. with Rudebox.
2007:  Kylie Minogue was given the Music Industry Trust award for her 20-year career at a ceremony in London.
2009:  The Donna Fargo Highway near Mt. Airy, North Carolina was named after the star who gave us "The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.".
2010:  The England Royal Mint issued a commemorative coin of John Lennon.

Born This Day:
1942:  Raymond Steinberg of the Reflections ("(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet") was born in Washington, Pennsylvania.

1944:  Denny Laine, guitarist and vocalist with the Moody Blues and Wings, was born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England.
1945:  Melba Moore ("A Little Bit More" with Freddie Jackson) was born in New York City.

1946:  Peter Green, who replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and later was the founder and guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, was born in Bethnal Green, London.
1946:  Rob Van Leeuwen, singer-songwriter and guitarist of the Shocking Blue (the smash "Venus" from 1970), and also a producer, was born in The Hague, South Holland, the Netherlands.
1951:  David Paton, chief songwriter of Pilot ("Magic" from 1975) and later bassist for the Alan Parsons Project and session and tour musician for Elton John, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1955:  Kevin Dubrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot, was born in Hollywood, California; found dead in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 25, 2007 at the age of 52 from cocaine.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly report Dubrow's death as November 19, as you can see from his gravestone.)
1955:  Roger O'Donnell, keyboardist of the Cure who also played for the Thompson Twins and Berlin ("Take My Breath Away"), was born in East London.
1961:  Randy Jackson of the Jackson 5 was born in Gary, Indiana.
1962:  Einar Orn Benediktsson, singer and trumpet player of the Sugarcubes, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1970:  Doug "SA" Martinez of 311 was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Discography: Jefferson Airplane/Starship

This great San Francisco band has endured multiple lineup changes, name changes as well as style changes over the years.  Here is the complete Discography of the group in all its forms:

As Jefferson Airplane:
1966:  Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (#128)
1967:  Surrealistic Pillow (#3)
           After Bathing at Baxter's (#17)
1968:  Crown of Creation (#6)
1969:  Volunteers (#13)
1971:  Bark (#11)
1972:  Long John Silver (#20
1989:  Jefferson Airplane (#85)

As Jefferson Starship:

1974:  Dragon Fly (#11)
1975:  Red Octopus (#1)
1976:  Spitfire (#30
1978:  Earth (#5)

1979:  Freedom at Point Zero (#10)
1981:  Modern Times (#26)
1982:  Winds of Change (#26)
1984:  Nuclear Furniture (#28)
1998:  Windows of Heaven
2008:  Jefferson's Tree of Liberty

As Starship:

1985:  Knee Deep in the Hoopla (#7)
1987:  No Protection (#12)
1989:  Love Among the Canibals (#64)

Live Albums:
1969:  Bless Its Pointed Little Head (#17)
1973:  Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (#52)
1992:  Jefferson Airplane Loves You
1998:  Live at the Fillmore East
2001:  Ignition
2007:  Sweeping Up the Spotlight
2009:  The Woodstock Experience (various artists)
2010:  Signe's Farewell
           Grace's Debut
           We Have Ignition
           Return to the Matrix

1995:  Deep Space/Virgin Sky
1999:  Greatest Hits:  Live at the Fillmore
2001:  Across the Sea of Suns

Compilations (Airplane):
1970:  The Worst of Jefferson Airplane (#12)
1974:  Early Flight (#110)
1977:  Flight Log (#37)
1987:  2400 Fulton Street (#138)
1996:  Journey...Best of

1979:  Gold (#20)
1991:  Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979-1991)
1993:  Jefferson Starship at Their Best
          The Best of Starship
2003:  Forever Gold

Hits List: Shirelles

One of the best all-time of the girl groups, the Shirelles began as a teenage act but had a career that spanned 10 years.  Here is their complete Hits List:

1958:  "I Met Him On a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)" (#49)
1959:  "Dedicated to the One I Love" (#83)
1960:  "Tonight's the Night" (#39, #14 R&B)
           "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (#1, #2 R&B, #4 U.K.)

1961:  "Dedicated to the One I Love" (re-issue) (#3, #2 R&B)
           "Mama Said" (#4, #2 R&B)

           "A Thing of the Past" (#41, #26 R&B
           "What a Sweet Thing That Was" (#54)
           "Big John" (#21, #2 R&B)
           "Baby It's You" (#8, #3 R&B)
           "The Things I Want To Hear (Pretty Words)"
1962:  "Soldier Boy" (#1, #3 R&B, #23 U.K.)
           "Love Is a Swingin' Thing"
           "Welcome ome, Baby" (#22, #20 R&B)
           "Mama, Here Comes the Bride"
           "Stop the Music" (#36)
           "It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run)
           "Everybody Loves a Lover" (#19, #15 R&B)
1963:  "Foolish Little Girl" (#4, #9 R&B, #38)
           "Not For All the Money in the World" (#100)
           "Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye" (#26)
           "What Does a Girl Do?" (#53)
           "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (#92)
           "31 Flavors" (#97)
1964:  "Tonight You're Gonna' Fall in Love With Me" (#57)
           "Sha-la-la" (#69)
           "Thank You Baby") (#63)
           "Maybe Tonight" (#88)
           "Lost Love"
           "Are You Still My Baby" (#91)
1965:  "March (You'll Be Sorry)"
           "My Heart Belongs To You"
1966:  "Shades of Blue"
1967:  "Don't Go Home (My Little Darlin')"
           "Last Minute Miracle" (#99, #41 R&B)

That's 26 hits, with 6 Top 10's and 2 #1's and 11 hits on the R&B chart with 6 Top 10's.

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "Cherish" by Kool & the Gang

The inclination is, when listening to today's featured song in our special Songs That Changed the World segment, is to think of romantic relationships.  Actually, the song is relevant to anyone that is important to us--to take each day one at a time, enjoy time together with ones we love.  For we never know when today may be our last, or the last for someone we love.
by Kool & the Gang

Written by George "Funky Brown", Kool and the Gang and James "J.T." Taylor

Let's take a walk together near the ocean shore
Hand in hand you and I
Let's cherish every moment we have been given
The time is passing by

I often pray before I lay down
By your side
If you receive your calling before I awake
Could I make it through the night

Cherish the love we have, we should cherish the life we live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love
Cherish the love we have, for as long as we both shall live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love

The world is always changing, nothing stays the same
But love will stand the test of time
The next life that we live in remains to be seen
Will you be by my side

I often pray before I lay down
By your side
And if you receive your calling before I awake
Could I make it through the night

Cherish the love we have, we should cherish the life we live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love
Cherish the love we have, for as long as we both shall live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love

Cherish the love
Cherish the life

Cherish the love we have, we should cherish the life we live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love
Cherish the love we have, for as long as we both shall live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love

Cherish the love we have, we should cherish the life we live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love
Cherish the love we have, for as long as we both shall live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love

This Date in Rock Music History: October 28

1955:  Buddy Holly opened for Marty Robbins in Lubbock, Texas.
1956:  Elvis Presley returned to The Ed Sullivan Show for a second time and was presented with a Gold record for "Love Me Tender" by Sullivan.
1956:  "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley was the new #1 song, enabling Elvis to become the first artist of the Rock Era to replace himself at #1.  The all-time double-sided smash "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" had been #1 for 11 weeks.
1957:  A new star was introduced to us on this date.  Ray Charles first appeared on the chart as his first single "Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)" debuted.
1957:  The Everly Brothers had the #1 song on the R&B chart with "Wake Up Little Susie".
1958:  Buddy Holly made his final major television appearance on American Bandstand, performing "It's So Easy" and "Heartbeat".
Teen Angel by Mark Dinning on Grooveshark
1959:  Mark Dinning released the single "Teen Angel".

1961:  While working as a clerk at a record store in Liverpool, England, Brian Epstein was asked by a customer (Raymond Jones) for a copy of "My Bonnie", the new single by a group called the Beatles.  After a second customer requested the record, Epstein ordered it and went to the Cavern Club to hear this group.  He later became their manager.
1962:  The Beatles played their first major concert at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, opening for Little Richard.

1963:  The Beach Boys released the single "Be True to Your School".
1964:  The concert movie The T.A.M.I. Show was filmed in Santa Monica, California, featuring the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Jan & Dean and Chuck Berry.
1965:  The Supremes recorded "My World Is Empty Without You".
1967:  Buffalo Springfield were the guests on the popular television show Mannix on CBS.

1967:  Sam & Dave had the #1 song on the R&B chart with "Soul Man".
1967:  It was the time where many artists had accumulated enough hits to put out a greatest hits package.  Diana Ross and The Supremes' Greatest Hits was #1, with compilations from the Byrds at #6 and the Four Tops at #7.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was moving back up for the Beatles at #2, The Doors was third with the previous #1 Ode to Billie Joe from Bobbie Gentry #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Aretha Arrives from Aretha Franklin, the self-titled Vanilla Fudge at #8, Groovin' from the Young Rascals at #9 and Headquarters from the Monkees.

1967:  Lulu's "To Sir With Love" led three songs that are all still part of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  "The Letter" from the Box Tops was #2 after serving four weeks at #1 and "Never My Love" from the Association was #3.  The competition each song faced from the others is crucial to a song being ranked high.  The Young Rascals had their great song "How Can I Be Sure" at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Expressway To Your Heart" by the Soul Survivors, Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him", Sam & Dave with "Soul Man", Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell had song #8--"Your Precious Love", another great song from Aretha Franklin--"A Natural Woman" (her 14th career hit and fourth Top 10) entered the list while Strawberry Alarm Clock went off from 19-10 with "Incense And Peppermints".

1972:  The United States Council for World Affairs adopted the song "Join Together" by the Who as its official theme.
1972:  The 5th Dimension reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "If I Could Reach You".
1972:  The Move debuted on the chart with their first single "Do Ya".  Soon after, they changed their name to the Electric Light Orchestra and "Do Ya" became a bigger hit in 1977.
1972:  The Spinners logged a third week at #1 with "I'll Be Around".
1972:  Johnny Nash moved from 20-5 with "I Can See Clearly Now", the highest new song in the Top 10.

1978:  Billy Joel released the single "My Life".
1978:  Queen opened their Jazz tour at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

1978:  The movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park was televised by NBC.  (Note:  many websites incorrectly list the date as October 30.  The show was broadcast on the program 'Saturday Night at the Movies', as shown above.  In 1978, Saturday fell on October 28, not the 30th.)
1978:  Funkadelic held on to #1 for the fifth week on the R&B chart with "One Nation Under A Groove".
1978:  Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down The Line" was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the third week.

1978:  Chicago moved from 63 to 40 with "Alive Again".

1978:  Canada's Nick Gilder finally wrested the crown away from Exile's "Kiss You All Over" (which dropped to #6) with "Hot Child In The City".  Anne Murray was one step away from her first #1 song with "You Needed Me" while Little River Band was up to #3 with "Reminiscing".  Donna Summer stood at #4 with "MacArthur Park" and Kenny Loggins had his biggest hit to date with "Whenever I Call You Friend", with help from friend Stevie Nicks.  The rest of the Top 10:  Foreigner was on a roll, moving from 13 to 7 with "Double Vision", John Paul Young was down after peaking at 7 with "Love Is In The Air", Ambrosia scored their first Top 10 with "How Much I Feel" and the former #1 "Boogie Oogie Oogie" from A Taste of Honey was song #10.
1978:  The "Grease" Soundtrack spent a 12th and final week at #1 on the Album chart.
1985:  Dionne Warwick & Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight) released the single "That's What Friends Are For".

1985:  John Mellencamp released the single "Small Town".  (Note:  some websites incorrectly report the release as November 2, the date the song debuted on the chart.  As those in the business know, it is physically impossible for a song to be released as a single and debut on the chart on the same day.)

Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie on Grooveshark
1985:  Lionel Richie released the single "Say You, Say Me".
1985:  Bob Dylan released the boxed set Biograph.

1986:  The Pet Shop Boys re-released the single "West End Girls", a different version than the song released in 1984.

1987:  Sheena Easton was a guest on the television show Miami Vice.
1989:  Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 took over as the #1 album.
1989:  Cher's new song was gaining acceptance--"Just Like Jesse James" moved from 90 to 61.
1989:  "Miss You Much" continued to rule the airwaves at #1 for Janet Jackson.  Tears for Fears had another big hit with "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" while Roxette looked like they had what it takes with "Listen To Your Heart" from the great Richard Gere & Julia Roberts movie Pretty Woman.  New Kids on the Block had #4 with "Cover Girl" while Aerosmith notched their third Top 10 song in 16 tries with "Love In An Elevator".  The rest of the Top 10:  Motley Crue and "Dr. Feelgood", Babyface moved up with "It's No Crime", Young MC with "Bust A Move", Bad English" rocked into the list from 15-9 with "When I See You Smile" and Bobby Brown had "Rock Wit'cha". 
1989:  Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville had the top Adult Contemporary song with their remake of the great Bill Medley song "Don't Know Much".

1991:  Richard Marx released his 10th single, getting help from Luther Vandross on this one--"Keep Coming Back".

Take a Bow by Madonna on Grooveshark
1994:  Madonna released the single "Take A Bow".
1995:  Coolio's great song "Gangsta's Paradise" from the remarkable movie Dangerous Minds was #1 in the U.K.
1995:  Mariah Carey had the #1 R&B song for the fifth consecutive week with "Fantasy".

           Shania Twain with her breakthough album...

1995:  Daydream by Mariah Carey was the top album.  Insomniac by Green Day debuted at #2 with Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morissette sliding to #3--for now.  There really wasn't much competition at the time and Design of a Decade 1986/1996 by Janet Jackson debuted at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  The "Dangerous Minds" Soundtrack, Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish after 66 weeks of release, Starting Over from Reba McEntire, All I Want by Tim McGraw was #8, The Woman in Me from Shania Twain was up to #9 and the solid album CrazySexyCool by TLC was still in the group after 48 weeks.

      Sophie B. Hawkins had another Top 10

1995:  "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey was #1 for a fourth week in an excellent Top 10.  Coolio logged a fifth week at #2 with "Gangsta's Paradise" after being #1 for three weeks--impressive.  "Runaway" from Janet Jackson was #3 followed by the classic Seal song "Kiss From A Rose".  The rest of the Top 10:  Michael Jackson with the 25th and last Top 10 of his career "You Are Not Alone", Sophie B. Hawkins had #6--"As I Lay Me Down", Groove Theory's "Tell Me", Hootie & the Blowfish at #8 with "Only Wanna' Be With You", Take That entered the Top 10 for the first time with "Back For Good" and Natalie Merchant's solo hit "Carnival" was #10.

1997:  The Dave Matthews Band released their first live album Live at Red Rocks, footage of the group at the beautiful venue in Colorado.
1997:  Bill Berry, drummer with R.E.M., announced that he was leaving the group.
2001:  Mary J. Blige had a huge #1 hit with "Family Affair".
2003:  Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills celebrated the birth of Beatrice Milly.
2003:  Allegations were made against P. Diddy about worker mistreatment at the sweatshop in Honduras that makes clothes for his Sean John line of clothing.

2003:  Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City named Jennifer Lopez the honorary chairwoman of a council to attract more Latin-based entertainers to the city.

2003:  Sting published the first portion of his autobiography Broken Music, which covered his childhood and time with the Police.
2003:  The musical Tonight's the Night, featuring the songs of Rod Stewart, opened in London's West End.
2003:  John Frusciante, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, Jack Johnson and ex-drummer Jack Irons joined Pearl Jam onstage in Santa Barbara, California for an impromptu reunion of Temple of the Dog.
2005:  In today's Inmates Run Rap Music segment, the artist who calls himself the Game was arrested in North Carolina and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
2005:  In Part 2 of Inmates Run Rap Music, the producer of the rap group So Solid Crew was thrown in jail for murdering a love rival.
2006:  Rod Stewart achieved his fifth #1 album with Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of our Time.
2008:  Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the Crickets, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Al Kooper were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
2009:  The posthumous movie release This Is It opened in theaters.  (Note:  several websites falsely report the opening as 2010.)

Born This Day:
1936:  Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
1937:  Graham Bond of the Graham Bond Organization, which once included Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, was born in Romford, Essex, England; committed suicide May 8, 1974 when he threw himself onto the track of a Piccadilly line train at Finsbury Park station in London.
1939:  Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes") was born in Yuma, Arizona; died January 8, 2015 in San Diego, California of cancer.  (Note:  some websites report he died in Yuma, but according to the newspaper 'The Yuma Sun', Lee died while visiting a doctor in San Diego.)
1939:  Jim Post of Friend & Lover ("Reach Out Of The Darkness") was born in Houston, Texas.
1941:  Hank Marvin, whose guitar playing for the Shadows inspired Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards to play the guitar, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1941:  Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes") was born in Yuma, Arizona.

1945:  Wayne Fontana (real name Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) of the Mindbenders ("Game Of Love" from 1965) was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
1947:  George Glover, who played keyboards and sang backing vocals for the Climax Blues Band beginning in 1980, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1948:  Telma Hopkins of Tony Orlando & Dawn was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1948:  Ricky Reynolds of Black Oak Arkansas was born in Manilan, Arkansas.
1957:  Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order was born in Macclesfield, England.
1959:  Neville Henry of the Blow Monkeys ("Digging Your Scene")

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hits List: Boyz II Men

This amazing group did indeed grow noticeably from boys to men.  What began as a group whose harmonies and a cappella singing ranked with the best became a group that could do no wrong.  Their chart record in the 90's made them one of that decade's top acts.  Here is the complete Hits List of Boyz II Men:

1991  "Motownphilly" (#3, #4 R&B, #23 U.K., #32 Australia)
          "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (#2, #1 R&B, #21 Netherlands)
          "Uhh Ahh" (#16, #1 R&B)

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1992:  "Please Don't Go" (#49, #8 R&B)
           "End of the Road" (#1, #1 R&B, #1 U.K., #3 Canada, #1 Australia, #1 New Zealand, #1 Netherlands)

1993:  "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember) (#3, #4 R&B, #27 U.K., #23 Canada, #11 Australia, #31 New Zealand)
           "Let It Snow" (with Brian McKnight) (#32, #17 R&B)
           "I'll Make Love to You" (#1, #1 R&B, #5 U.K., #1 Canada, #1 Australia, #1 New Zealand, #6 Netherlands)

1994:  "On Bended Knee" (#1, #2 R&B, #20 U.K., #1 Canada, #7 Australia, #4 New Zealand, #21 Netherlands)
1995:  "Thank You" (#21, #17 R&B, #26 U.K., #32 Canada, #33 Australia, #17 New Zealand)
           "Water Runs Dry" (#2, #4 R&B, #24 U.K., #4 Canada, #36 Australia, #19 New Zealand)
           "Vibin'" (#56, #27 R&B, #31 New Zealand)
           "I Remember" (#46, #30 R&B, #31 New Zealand)

1997:  "4 Seasons of Loneliness" (#1, #2 R&B, #10 U.K., #8 Canada, #13 Australia, #2 New Zealand, #11 Netherlands)
           "A Song for Mama" (#7, #1 R&B, #34 U.K., #15 New Zaland, #33 Netherlands)
1998:  "Can't Let Her Go" (#23 U.K.)
           "Doin' Just Fine"
1999:  "I Will Get There" (#32, #23 R&B)
2000:  "Pass You By" (#27 R&B, #13 Australia, #98 New Zealand)
           "Thank You in Advance" (#80, #40 R&B)
2002:  "The Color of Love" (#51 R&B)
           "Relax Your Mind" (with Faith Evans) (#52 R&B)
2004:  "What You Won't Do for Love" (#60 R&B)
2007:  "The Tracks of My Tears" (#26 R&B, #43 U.K.)
2008:  "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" (#83 R&B)
           "Mercy Mercy Me"

2009:  "I Can't Make You Love Me" (#75 R&B)
2011:  "More Than You'll Ever Know" (with Charlie Wilson) (#61 R&B)

The Boyz logged 25 hits on the R&B chart with 11 of those going Top 10 and 5 #1's.  Overall, they enjoyed 17 hits with 9 Top 10's and four #1 songs.