Today In Pop Music: September 26 – Oldest Living Artist To Have A Top 10 Hit Is 95 Today


1925 – Marty Robbins (born in Glendale, AZ. – El Paso, A White Sport Coat – died 1982)

1941 – Joe Bauer (Youngbloods – drums – ‘Get Together’)

1943 – Georgie Fame (The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde)

1947 – Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden)

1948 – Olivia Newton-John

1954 – Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos – guitar – ‘La Bamba’)

1954 – Craig Chaquito – (Starship – guitar – ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’)


1961 – The Greenbriar Boys started a two week gig at Gerde’s Folk Club in New York City.  No big deal.  Bob Dylan was their opening act.  That’s a big deal.

1964 – Roy Orbison’s biggest hit ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ began a three week run atop the Billboard Hot 100.

1969 – Happy Birthday Abbey Road!  The Beatles final recordings as a four piece group were released 43 years ago today.

1987 – Michael Jackson began a six week run atop the Billboard album chart with ‘Bad’.  it went on to become the world’s biggest selling album with an estimated 45 milion copies.  It also produced five #1 singles – the first album to accomplish that feat.

2003 – Robert Palmer, who had solo hits with ‘Addicted To Love’, ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’, ‘Simply Irresistible’, and two top 10 hits as a member of  The Power Station (with Andy and John Taylor of Duran Duran), died on this day of a heart attack.  He was only 54 years old.

Who could forget this deceptively simple, yet hypnotic video for ‘Addicted to Love’!

And born on this day in 1918, John Zacherle “The Cool Ghoul”, is quietly celebrating his 95th birthday, thus becoming the oldest living artist to have a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  In 1958, John reached #6 with ‘Dinner With Drac’ – over 4 years before ‘Monster Mash’.  Happy Birthday John, and God bless.

Click on his name above for his still active website…..just like he is.


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