Saturday, January 11, 2014

Up Next in The Top 100 Female Artists*...

An amazing woman who has accomplished much in the world, not the least of which is achieving success in three different formats.  She's on deck in The Top 100 Female Artists of the Rock Era*!

This Date in Rock Music History: January 12

1957:  Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California.

1959:  Here's inspiration for you aspiring business owners.  On this date, Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to begin his own record label, Tamla Records, the beginning of the empire that has become known as Motown Records.
1959:  Jackie Wilson continued to reign over the R&B chart for a fifth week with "Lonely Teardrops".
1959:  "The Chipmunk Song" from the Chipmunks was #1 for a fourth straight week.  The Platters, amazingly enough, remained at #2 for the fourth week and were still in position to make a move to the top with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".  "My Happiness" from Connie Francis was third, followed by "Gotta' Travel On" from Billy Grammer and the Teddy Bears' big hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Whole Lotta' Loving" from Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter with "A Lover's Question", Elvis Presley and "One Night", the Everly Brothers dropped to #9 with "Problems" and Ricky Nelson had song #10 with "Lonesome Town".
1963:  Ray Charles logged a third week at #1 on the R&B chart with "You Are My Sunshine".


                 Bobby Vee was watching over the charts...

1963:  Steve Lawrence, who already had a #1 adult hit with "Go Away Little Girl", made it official as the song took over at #1 on the popular chart.  Bobby Vee had a hot new song moving up (14-7) with "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes".
1964:  The Beatles performed "I Wanna' Hold Your Hand", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "Money" and "Twist And Shout" on the ATV show Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

1965:  Hullabaloo, a new television dance show hosted by Jack Jones on Tuesday nights, premiered on NBC.  The New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen were guests, while Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, introduced the Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers from London in a taped segment.   (Note:  some websites claim the show premiered on January 8, but the correct date is January 12, according to 'TV Guide' and other reputable sources.)

1968:  Manfred Mann released the single "The Mighty Quinn".
1968:  Pink Floyd made their debut as a five-piece band at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.
1968:  The Supremes appeared on an episode of Tarzan on NBC-TV, with the girls playing a trio of nuns.
1969:  Led Zeppelin released their debut album in the U.S.  The U.K. release date was March 28.  (Note:  you will see different release dates all over the Internet--the correct dates are shown above, per the official Led Zeppelin website.)
1969:  The psychedelic movie Wonderwall, featuring the Soundtrack by George Harrison, opened in theaters.

1970:  Badfinger released the single "Come And Get It".

1974:  You Don't Mess Around with Jim, the album by the late Jim Croce, reached #1 47 weeks after its release.  The Singles 1969-1973 by the Carpenters was second followed by former #1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road from Elton John.
1974:  Aretha Franklin scored a week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna' Do)", taking over from Stevie Wonder's "Living For The City".
1974:  Barbra Streisand led the way on the Adult chart with "The Way We Were".

Brownsville Station was checking to make sure the coast was clear. Nope, free road to cancer...

1974:  Newcomers the Steve Miller Band reached #1 with "The Joker".  Jim Croce slipped to #2 with his classic "Time In A Bottle" while Al Wilson showed strength among the heavyweights with "Show And Tell".  Brownsville Station surprisingly was at #4 with "Smokin' In The Boy's Room" and Gladys Knight & the Pips moved from 10-5 with "I've Got To Use My Imagination".  The rest of the Top 10:  Ringo Starr with "You're Sixteen", Barry White and "Never, Never Gonna' Give Ya Up", Stevie Wonder had #8--"Living For The City", Olivia Newton-John had another Top 10 hit with "Let Me Be There" and Paul McCartney & Wings were at #10 with "Helen Wheels".
1977:  The Police rehearsed for the first time, with Sting and Henri Padovani on guitar, at drummer Stewart Copeland's flat in London.

Send One Your Love by Stevie Wonder on Grooveshark
1980:  Stevie Wonder made it four straight weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with his new love song--"Send One Your Love".

1980:  "An American Dream" by the Dirt Band and Linda Ronstadt was racing up the chart, up from 59-33.
1980:  Rupert Holmes went back for another pina colada, posting his third week at #1 with "Escape".  Michael Jackson moved one step closer with "Rock With You" while the Captain & Tennille were up to 3 with "Do That To Me One More Time" and Stevie Wonder held on to #4 with "Send One Your Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Previous #1 "Please Don't Go" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Commodores' big hit "Still" was up to 6, Kenny Rogers was on a roll and "Coward Of The County" moved to #7, Kool & the Gang and "Ladies Night", Cliff Richard reached #9 with "We Don't Talk Anymore" and Styx's former #1 "Babe".

                        "Brown Eyes" from 'Tusk'...

1980:  Bee Gees Greatest, which indeed includes the cream of the crop from the group on a double-album set, was the #1 album, holding off another double release--On the Radio-Greatest Hits-Volumes I & II from Donna Summer.  Pink Floyd had their best album since Dark Side of the Moon, as The Wall moved from 7-3.  The Eagles continued to be strong in The Long Run and Stevie Wonder had #5 with Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.  The rest of the Top 10:  Damn the Torpedoes from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Cornerstone by Styx, Kenny from Kenny Rogers moved 15-8, Off the Wall from Michael Jackson was picking up steam after 20 weeks of release and the great album Tusk was still in the Top 10 for Fleetwood Mac.

1981:  Hall & Oates released the single "Kiss On My List".

1981:  The Police released the single "Don't Stand So Close To Me".
1983:  Reebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist with Traffic, who also worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ginger Baker's Air Force, died at the age of 38 from a brain hemorrhage in Stockholm, Sweden.
1984:  Crue performed at the Civic Center in Glen Falls, New York.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly show Motley Crue opening a U.S. tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City on this date.  Far from the truth...first off, the Crue opened their first U.S. tour on November 11, 1983 at the Orange Pavilion in San Bernadino, California.  The show in Glen Falls on this date was the second concert backing Ozzy Osbourne, and the Madison Square Garden date referred to did not take place until January 30, according to the official Motley Crue website.)
1985:  Midnight Star's "Operator" ruled the R&B chart for the fourth week.
1985:  Actor Jack Wagner moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "All I Need".

Springsteen's tell-it-like-it-is release reached the Top 10...

1985:  Madonna's first career #1 "Like A Virgin" remained there for a fourth week with "All I Need" from Jack Wagner closing.  "The Wild Boys" from Duran Duran and "Sea of Love" by the Honeydrippers both fell while Pat Benatar was able to remain fifth with "We Belong".  The rest of the Top 10:  Chicago and "You're The Inspiration", Bryan Adams at #7 with "Run To You", New Edition said to "Cool It Now", Julian Lennon had song #9--"Valotte" and Bruce Springsteen registered his fourth career Top 10 and third from Born in the U.S.A. with the title cut.

1985:  The Soundtrack to "Purple Rain" by Prince & the Revolution was #1 on the Album chart for the 24th week, tying the Soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" for #3 all-time.  Only Michael Jackson's Thriller and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac remained #1 longer than those two.

1989:  The new Swedish duo Roxette released their first career single "The Look".
1993:  Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, Cream, Frankie Lymon, Dinah Washington and Etta James were all honored as new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony in Los Angeles.  Van Morrison did not show up for his own induction, becoming the first and only living person not to do so.
1995:  In today's episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, Snoop Doggy Dogg was arrested in Los Angeles for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

1995:  AC/DC embarked on an 11-month tour, kicking it off at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1995:  A solid class was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame:  Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Martha & the Vandellas, Janis Joplin, Al Green, the Allman Brothers Band and Frank Zappa were accepted into the ever-expanding club.
1997:  Paula Abdul made her acting debut on the NBC movie In the Shadow of Evil.

1998:  A new class was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, some extremely deserving, others not so much.  The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas & Papas, Santana, Lloyd Price, Gene Vincent, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton were all accepted as new members.  There's still a few that may have recorded or written a song at some point in life that still haven't been inducted, but their time is coming soon.
 1999:  Britney Spears released the album ...Baby One More Time.  
2000:  In a second episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, the rapper who calls himself Ol' Dirty *@#*%& (which should tell you a lot right there...) was arrested after he failed to appear in Brooklyn, New York to answer crack cocaine charges.
2000:  Charlotte Church fired manager Jonathan Shalit.
2000:  Gary Barlow, singer of Take That, married Dawn Andrews on the Caribbean island of Nevia.
2000:  Sarah McLachlan was declared an Officer of the Order of Canada.
2001:  More news from troublemaker Liam Gallagher of Oasis.  On a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro, Gallagher refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin.
2002:  Aaliyah, who had been killed in an August, 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas, rose to #1 in the U.K. with "More Than A Woman".

2003:  Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died at age 53 of an intestinal blockage in Miami Beach, Florida.  

2004:  Randy Vanwarmer ("Just When I Needed You Most" from 1978) died from leukemia at age 48.

2005:  The Strawberry Field children's home in Liverpool, made famous by the Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever", announced that it was closing.


2005:  American Idiot by Green Day returned to #1 on the Album chart.
2006: A bonus episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, we find another one in their home away from home.  Mystikal (real name Michael Tyler) was sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion.  Yeah, buy his CD's, then work like crazy so your can make up for him not paying taxes. 

2008:  Mary J. Blige had the #1 album with Growing Pains.
2010:  Shakin' Stevens was found guilty of hitting a photographer with a microphone stand during a concert.

Born This Day:
1926:  Ray Price ("For the Good Times") was born in Perryville, Texas; died December 16, 2013 of pancreatic cancer in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

1928:  Ruth Brown, famed R&B singer of the 1950's, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia; died November 17, 2006 in a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital from complications following a heart attack and stroke suffered after surgery in October, 2006.  (Note:  some websites claim Ruth was born on January 30, but the correct date is January 12, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times' and the book 'Uncloudy Days:  The Gospel Music Encyclopedia' by Bill Carpenter.) 
1930:  Glenn Yarborough, singer with the Limeliters, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1939:  William Lee Gordon of the Oak Ridge Boys

1941:  Long John Baldry, instrumental in Great Britain in the early years of the Rock Era in signing several key people to be in his band Bluesology, including Elton John and Rod Stewart, was born in East Haddon,Derbyshire, England; died July 21, 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada of a severe chest infection.  (Note:  many websites, including '', incorrectly show his birthplace as London.  According to 'The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' by Lawrence Goldman, at the time of Baldry's birth, his parents lived in London, but he was born in East Haddon.)
1945:  Abe Tilmon, a founding member of the Detroit Emeralds ("Feel The Need In Me" from 1973); died July 6, 1982 of a heart attack in Southfield, Michigan.
1946:  George Duke, the visionary Grammy-Award winning artist who blended rock with jazz, R&B and funk, was born in San Rafael, California; died  of  complications from heart disease and chronic lymphocytic leukemia on August 5, 2013 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 67.  Duke teamed with Stanley Clarke for the song "Sweet Baby" and also played keyboardist and trombone for artists such as Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Regina Belle and Sheila E.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly say Duke died in Los Angeles; he died in Santa Monica, according to both 'CNN' and 'The New York Times'.) 
1946:  Cynthia Robinson, trumpet player with Sly & the Family Stone, was born in Sacramento, California.
1951:  Larry Hoppen, guitarist with Orleans, was born in Long Island, New York; died July 24, 2012 in Bayshore, New York.  (Note:  some websites list his birthplace as Greenpoint, New York, but according to the official Orleans website as well as Larry's family, Hoppen was born in Long Island.)
1954:  Felipe Rose, a founding member of the Village People, was born in New York City.
1959:  Per Gessle, songwriter and guitarist for Roxette, was born in Halmstad, Sweden.  (Note:  several websites show his birth as February 12, but 'Billboard' and other credible sources show his birth as January 12.)
1963:  Guy Chambers, singer, songwriter and producer ("Angels" and "Millennium" with Robbie Williams), was born in Liverpool.  (Note:  some websites report Chambers was born in London, but British newspapers 'The Telegraph' and 'The Mirror' state he was born in Liverpool.)
1965:  Greg Kriesel, bassist of the Offspring ("Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"), was born in Glendale, California.  (Note:  some websites report his birth as January 20, but according to Offspring fan sites, he was born January 12.)
1966:  Rob Zombie of White Zombie as born in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
1968:  Raekwon (real name Corey Woods) of Wu-Tang Clan was born in Brooklyn, New York.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as New York City; others as Staten Island.  He was born in Brooklyn, then moved to Staten Island at an early age.)

1974:  Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls was born in Whiston, Lancashire, England.

Top Unknown/Underrated Song: Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone"

Most people are astonished at both the quality of songs in The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*, and the fact that none of them reached the Top 10!

In this case, it's because organizations that make up weekly charts undervalued rock songs in their methodology.  By the time this song came out, radio had become so fragmented and segmented that it didn't even sound the same as we remember growing up.  The number of rock stations that the organizations included was disproportionate to its popularity, and although this song reached #10 on Billboard's "Mainstream Rock" chart, it did not even make the Hot 100 overall.
We feel that even #10 Rock was far too low for this song, and believe it easily should be a Top 10 song.

"Twilight Zone"
Golden Earring
Lyrics and Music by George Kooymans
(somewhere in a lonely hotel room,
There's a guy starting to realize
That eternal fate has turned its back on him,
It's two a.m...........)

It's two a.m., the fear has gone
I'm sittin' here waitin', the gun still warm
Maybe my connection is tired of takin' chances
Yeah there's a storm on the loose, sirens in my head
I'm wrapped up in silence, all circuits are dead
I cannot decode, my whole life spins into a frenzy

Help I'm steppin' into the twilight zone
The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far
Help I'm steppin' into the twilight zone
The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far
Soon you will come to know,
When the bullet hits the bone
Soon you will come to know, when the bullet hits the bone

I'm falling down a spiral, destination unknown
A double-crossed messenger, all alone
I can't get no connection, can't get through, where are you
Well the night weighs heavy on his guilty mind
This far from the borderline
And when the hit man comes
He knows damn well he has been cheated

Help I'm steppin' into the twilight zone
The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far
Help I'm steppin' into the twilight zone
The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far
Soon you will come to know, when the bullet hits the bone
Soon you will come to know, when the bullet hits the bone  

Sheena Easton, The #49 Female Artist of the Rock Era

Sheena Orr was born in Bellshill, Scotland.  Her father died when she was 10 and her mother supported the family.  Sheena had not considered becoming a singer until she heard Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name.  Sheena excelled in school, earning a scholarship at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.  She trained as a speech and drama teacher by day and sang with a band called "Something Else" at local clubs at night.

In 1979, Sheena married Sandi Easton, and kept her surname when they divorced eight months later.  She drew attention when she was the subject of the British television show The Big Time, which recorded her attempts to land a recording contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

Sheena released her self-titled album in 1981.  Easton's first single, "Modern Girl", was released in the U.K. before the airing of the show and reached #56.  But after The Big Time aired, her second single, "9 To 5" (titled "Morning Train" in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5"), hit #3 in the U.K. and "Morning Train" was a #1 song on both the Popular and Adult Contemporary charts in the U.S.  It also was #1 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"Modern Girl" re-entered the chart and jumped inside the Top 10, making Sheena the first female in history to have two Top 10 songs at the same time in the U.K.

Easton released the album You Could Have Been With Me later in the year.  "When He Shines" was her next big hit, an underrated #30 in the U.S., but it did reach #9 in Ireland.

Sheena struck gold when she was selected to record the title theme to the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only.  It was an across-the-board smash, landing at #1 in Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands, #3 in Austria and Sweden, #4 in the U.S. and New Zealand, and Top 10 in every major musical country except Ireland and Japan.  The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and helped Easton win the Best New Artist Grammy Award.  She was also nominated at the Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song.

Easton went on her first tour of the United States.  Her performance in Los Angeles was videotaped and broadcast on HBO.  Sheena released the title song from her second album and it shot up to #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Easton had exploded onto the scene, and there's no better testimony of that when a star of Kenny Rogers' magnitude agrees to do a duet with her.  It was a cover of the great Bob Seger song "We've Got Tonight", and it did not stop until it hit #1 on the Country chart, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #6 overall, #2 in Canada and #10 in Norway.

In 1983, Easton released the album Best Kept Secret.  "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" became another big hit, jumping to #8 in Canada, and #9 in the United States and Norway.

Sheena headlined a one-hour variety special on NBC (Act One).  She continued the roll with her next single, "Almost Over You".  It peaked at #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

In 1983, Easton recorded the song "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" ("I Like You Just The Way You Are"), a duet with Mexican star Luis Miguel.  It earned her another Grammy, this time for Best Mexican-American Performance.

The following year, Easton transformed her image, and came up with the biggest-selling album of her career, A Private Heaven.  "Strut" hit #7 in the United States, and #8 in Canada and New Zealand.  Easton was nominated for Best Female Pop/Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys.

Her next single ("Sugar Walls") may have hit #9, but it probably cost her most of the fans that had fallen in love with her music.  It was written for her by Prince, and that's all that needs to be said about that.  Despite that, she teamed again with the Purple One in 1987 for the #2 song "U (sic) Got The Look".

Easton landed one more big hit the next year, "The Lover In Me".

Easton has won two Grammy Awards and sold 20 million records worldwide. She has no less than 15 Top 40 hits in the United States and 25 Top 40 hits around the world. She is the only artist in the history of the charts to have a Top 5 hit on each of the major charts: Popular, Adult Contemporary, Dance, Country and R&B.

Friday, January 10, 2014

This Date in Rock Music History: January 11

1960:  Bill Black's Combo took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "Smokie - Part 2".
Where The Boys Are by Connie Stevens on Grooveshark
1961:  Connie Francis released the single "Where the Boys Are".

1963:  The Beatles released their second single "Please Please Me" in England.

1964:  The famous Whisky a Go Go first opened on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.
1965:  The Beach Boys recorded "Do You Wanna' Dance".
1965:  The Righteous Brothers appeared on three television shows in Britain:  Ready Steady Go!, Scene At 6.30. and Discs A Go-Go.

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark
1967:  Jimi Hendrix signed a recording contract with Track Records and recorded "Purple Haze".  
1967:  The Hollies began recording "On A Carousel".
1968:  Jimi Hendrix moved into the townhouse in London where George Frederick Handel was believed to have composed "Messiah".
1969:  For the fifth week, Marvin Gaye remained atop the R&B chart with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

       B.J. Thomas with this feel-good song from 1969...

1969:  Marvin Gaye remained at #1 for the fifth week with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".  Diana Ross & the Supremes joined the Temptations for the #2 song--"I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me" while Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman climbed to 3.  Young-Holt Unlimited remained in the #4 spot with "Soulful Strut" and B.J. Thomas moved from 10-5 with "Hooked On A Feeling".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Cloud Nine" from the Temptations, Stevie Wonder slipped with "For Once In My Life", Tommy James & the Shondells had a huge hit with "Crimson And Clover", moving from 17 to 8, Diana Ross & the Supremes were also at #9 with "Love Child" and Bobby Vinton reached the Top 10 with "I Love How You Love Me".
1969:  The White Album by the Beatles continued to be unstoppable, #1 for the third straight week out of just five weeks of release.  

1970:  Al Hirt played the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl IV at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1971:  Tom Jones released the single "She's A Lady".
1971:  The posthumous album Pearl by Janis Joplin was released.
1971:  Chicago released the album Chicago III.

1975:  Led Zeppelin performed "Kashmir" live for the first time at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1975:  Ringo Starr reached #1 on the Adult chart with "Only You".

1975:  Carl Douglas chopped his way up the charts to land a #1 R&B song--"Kung Fu Fighting".
1975:  Elton John's Greatest Hits was #1 for the seventh week on the Album chart.  Jethro Tull's War Child was second.  The only new entry into the Top 10 was Heart Like a Wheel from Linda Ronstadt.

1982:  Journey released the single "Open Arms".
1985:  A rock festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil included Rod Stewart, Queen, AC/DC, Yes, Whitesnake and Iron Maiden.
1986:  The Pet Shop Boys reached #1 in the U.K. with "West End Girls".
1986:  Lionel Richie reached #1 on the R&B chart with "Say You, Say Me".
1986:  Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight) moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "That's What Friends Are For".
1990:  Paul McCartney performed the first of 11 sold-out shows at Wembley Arena in London.

1991:  "I Love Your Smile" by Shanice continued into 1991 the way it ended 1990--as the #1 R&B song.
1991:  Richard Marx enjoyed one of his biggest hits as "Keep Coming Back" remained #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a fourth week.
1992:  Paul Simon began a tour in South Africa, the first artist to perform there since the end of the United Nations cultural boycott.

                        U2's "Mysterious Ways"...

1992:  Nevermind by Nirvana took over at #1 in a great Top 10 on the Album chart.  Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks had already been #1, but was so strong it was ready for another try at the top.  Hammer's Too Legit to Quit was third, followed by the strong new release from U2--Achtung Baby.  The rest of the Top 10:  The previous #1 from Michael Jackson--Dangerous, Cooleyhighharmony by Boyz II Men after 33 weeks of release, Guns N' Roses owned the next two spots with their twin releases of Use Your Illusion II and Use Your Illusion I, Metallica remained at #9 with their debut and Michael Bolton slipped to 10 with Time, Love & Tenderness.

En Vogue enjoyed one of their biggest hits...

1997:  Toni Braxton upped her total to six weeks at #1 with "Un-Break My Heart".  R. Kelly would have to settle for having a great #2 song in "I Believe I Can Fly" and En Vogue wasn't going anywhere with "Don't Let Go (Love)".  Keith Sweat moved up with "Nobody" while Whitney Houston registered the #5 song--"I Believe In You And Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  Blackstreet with "No Diggity", New Edition had #7 with "I'm Still In Love With You", Merril Bainbridge was at #8 with "Mouth", Az Yet reached #9 with "Last Night" and Celine Dion's 13th career hit entered the Top 10--"It's All Coming Back To Me Now".
1999:  In today's episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, Sean Combs and Dwight "Heavy D" Myers were found guilty of negligence in a 1991 celebrity basketball game that killed nine people and injured dozens in New York City.  For rap stars, even something as innocent as a celebrity basketball game can be highly dangerous.  Stay away.

1999:  Billy Joel was honored with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards.

1999:  'N Sync captured the Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist honor at the American Music Awards.
1999:  Barry Pritchard, guitarist and singer of the Fortunes ("You've Got Your Troubles"), died of a heart attack in Swindon, Wiltshire, England at the age of 54.
2001:  Whitney Houston was stopped for possessing marijuana at Keahole-Kona International Airport.  And the Bobby Brown influence was just beginning.
2001:  Neil Sedaka underwent emergency angioplasty in a New York City hospital.
2002:  Mickey Finn, percussionist for T Rex ("Bang A Gong" from 1972), died of kidney and liver problems at age 55 in Croydon, London.
2003:  Alan Whyte, drummer of Oasis, quit the group.
2003:  Paul McCartney had the top tour of 2002, bringing in $103.3 million.  The Rolling Stones collected $87.9 million for their coffers while Cher pulled in $73.6m.
2004:  The bizarre Ted Nugent required 40 stitches when a chainsaw cut his leg while filming his reality show.  Don't know why anyone with intelligence would want to watch someone with his limited intelligence do that, but to each his own.

                                     Matchbox Twenty lands distinguished honor...

2004:  Beyonce and Faith Hill tied for favorite female performer while Matchbox Twenty won favorite group at the People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, California.
2004:  Michell McManus rose to the top of the U.K. chart with "All This Time".

2005:  Jimmy Griffin, guitarist of Bread and co-writer of "For All We Know" for the Carpenters, died from cancer in Franklin, Nashville, Tennessee at age 61.
2005:  Spencer Dryden, drummer with Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage, died of cancer in Petaluma, California at the age of 66.

2009:  Bruce Springsteen captured a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "The Wrestler" from the movie of the same name.
2009:  Lady Gaga had the top U.K. song with "Just Dance".
2010:  Leon Russell ("Lady Blue" from 1975) underwent five hours of successful brain surgery to repair an unspecified chronic condition.

Born This Day:

1895:  Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ, was born in Evanston, Illinois; died July 3, 1973 in Cornwall, Connecticut.
1924:  Don Cherry ("Band Of Gold" from 1956) was born in Wichita Falls, Texas; died October 19, 1995 in Malaga, Spain from liver failure caused by hepatitis. Don's son is Eagle-Eye Cherry ("Save Tonight") and his stepdaughter is Neneh Cherry.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; according to the official website for Cherry, he was born in Wichita Falls.)

1924:  Slim Harpo ("Baby Scratch My Back" from 1966), guitarist and master of the blues harmonica, was born in Lobdell, Louisiana; died of a heart attack on January 31, 1970 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as Baton Rouge, but the book 'South to Louisiana:  The Music of the Cajun Bayous' by John Broven states that it was Lobdell, about 15 minutes from Baton Rouge.)
1935:  Chuck Barksdale, bass vocalist with the Dells ("Oh What A Night", was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1942:  Clarence Clemons, ace saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, was born in Norfolk County, Virginia.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as Chesapeake.  While the area where Clemons was born is now known as Chesapeake, peoples' birth certificates aren't subject to change when new cities sprout up at some point in the future.  There was no such city as Chesapeake when Clarence was born.  Clemons was born in Norfolk County, Virginia.)
1943:  Tony Kaye, original keyboardist of Yes, was born in Leicester, England.
1948:  Terry Williams, drummer for Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Dire Straits and Rockpile, was born in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales.
1949:  Dennis Greene of Sha Na Na was born in New York City; died September 5, 2015 of esophageal cancer in Columbus, Ohio. 

1958:  Vicki Peterson, guitarist of the Bangles, was born in Northridge, California.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly list her birthplace as Los Angeles; Los Angeles is a separate city form Northridge--Peterson was born in Northridge, according to 'MTV'.)
1968:  Tom Dumont, guitarist and producer of No Doubt, was born in Los Angeles.

1971:  Mary J. Blige was born in the Bronx, New York.
1971:  Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers was born in Kingston upon Thames, England.

A Scottish Star Is Next

A likable with a sweet singing voice burst onto the scene in the early 1980's and was one of the big stars of that decade.  She is next in The Top 100 Female Artists*!

The Top 100 Female Artists of the Rock Era: #100-51

Here is a recap of the great artists that have been featured in the last ten days.  A lot of great music featured; we suggest starting each artist with their first song, playing it all the way through, then starting the second song, etc. until you have heard each song from that artist, much the same way in which we would present it on the radio.

#100:  Belinda Carlisle

#99:  Shangri-Las

#98:  Bonnie Tyler

#97:  Taylor Dayne

#96:  Michelle Branch

#95:  Shirelles

#94:  Jackie DeShannon

#93:  Mary Wells

#92:  Melissa Manchester

#91:  Deniece Williams

#90:  Jennifer Warnes

#89:  Pussycat Dolls

#88:  Janis Joplin

#87:  McGuire Sisters

#86:  Rita Coolidge

#85:  Crystal Gayle

#84:  Fergie

#83:  Irene Cara

#82:  Debbie Gibson

#81:  Martha & the Vandellas

#80:  Kim Carnes

#79:  Laura Branigan

#78:  Gwen Stefani

#77:  Wilson Phillips

#76:  Connie Francis 

#75:  Melissa Etheridge

#74:  Bangles

#73:  Juice Newton

#72:  Nelly Furtado

#71:  Missy Elliott

#70:  Sarah McLachlan

#69:  Ciara

#68:  Avril Lavigne

#67:  Monica

#66:  Tracy Chapman

#65:  Ashanti

#64:  Dusty Springfield

#63:  Shakira

#62:  Bette Midler

#61:  Adele

#60:  Anita Baker

#59:  Norah Jones

#58:  Brandy

#57:  Bonnie Raitt

#56:  Petula Clark

#55:  Brenda Lee

#54:  Jewel

#53:  Sade

#52:  Amy Grant

#51:  Enya