Monthly Archives: November 2008

Billy Idol Was Born On November 30, 1955

Billy Idol was born as William Broad on November 30th of 1955 in England.

The name “Idol” was inspired by a school teacher who described Billy Broad as “idle.”

Idol’s single “White Wedding” was taken from his 1982 debut album (titled simply Billy Idol.) It hit #6 on the UK singles charts when it was released there in 1985 two years after it reached #36 in the US in 1983 (it was #4 on the Mainstream Rock charts.)

“Eyes Without a Face” was a successful single from Idol’s second album, 1984′s Rebel Yell. It was his first top 10 hit in the US, reaching #4 on the US singles charts. It reached #18 in the UK. It also reached #10 in Germany, #14 in Italy, and #21 in Switzerland.

In 1987 Idol’s live cover of “Mony Mony” (originally by Tommy James & the Shondells) reached #1 on the US singles charts. It went to #7 in the UK and also charted in many other countries around the world.

1990′s “Cradle of Love” was included on Idol’s 4th album, Charmed Life. It was also featured in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The single reached #2 in the US but only #34 in the UK. To date, it was Idol’s last major hit.

“White Wedding” Music Video

Jonathan Knight Was Born On November 29, 1968

Jonathan Knight was born on November 29th of 1968 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was one of the five members of the very popular late ’80s/early ’90s boy band group New Kids on the Block along with his younger brother Jordan Knight.

In 2008 the “kids” reunited for the first time since they broke up in 1994. They released a new album, The Block, their first since 1994′s Face the Music.

The Block debuted at #2 on the Billboard album charts selling more than 100,000 copies in the first week. It reached #1 in Canada and #16 in the UK. The first two singles off of the new album have been “Summertime” & “Single.”

The New Kids On The Block Performing At The American Music Awards In 2008:

Whitney Houston Went To #1 On The US Singles Charts With “I Will Always Love You” On November 28, 1992

Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” (as the featured song on The Bodyguard soundtrack) hit #1 on the US singles charts on November 28th of 1992. It remained at #1 for a record breaking 14 weeks.

The Bodyguard was a 1992 movie starring Houston in her film debut & movie star Kevin Costner.

“I Will Always Love You” was originally released by Parton in 1974 and it went to #1 on the country singles charts on June 8, 1974. She re-released it in 1982 and it went back to #1 on the country singles charts on October 16, 1982.

“I Will Always Love You” Music Video

Tina Turner Was Born On November 26, 1939

Tina Turner was born as Anna Mae Bullock on November 26th of 1939. Ike Turner changed her name to Tina Turner for showbiz reasons in 1960. They began to record & perform together as an R&B duo called The Ike & Tina Turner Revue at that time. They married in 1962.

The Ike & Tina Turner Revue had the following songs reach the top 10 on the US R&B charts:

1960: “A Fool In Love”
1960: “I Idolize You”
1961: “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”
1962: “Poor Fool”
1962: “Tra La La La La”
1971: “Proud Mary” (#4 on the overall Billboard charts.)

While their commercial success was not staggering they were a very influential group. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, James Brown, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Elton John, and Janis Joplin were among those who spoke positively of the group.

Turner released her first solo album in 1974 called Tina Turns the Country On (it did not chart.)

Her second solo album was 1975′s Acid Queen which tied into her role as the “Acid Queen” in the film version of The Who’s Tommy. It included covers of rock songs such as The Who’s “I Can See for Miles” & “Acid Queen” and The Rolling Stone’s “Under My Thumb” & “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” It charted at #115 on the US album charts.

It was not until 1984 at age 44 with her 5th solo album, Private Dancer, that Turner really became a superstar. The album reached the top 10 all around the world and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide to date. It includes “What’s Love Got to Do With It” which is her only #1 US single. “Better Be Good to Me” and “Private Dancer” also hit the top 10 on the singles charts.

She starred in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with Mel Gibson in 1985 and her song “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (from the film’s soundtrack) became a huge worldwide hit (#2 in the US.)

In 1986 she followed up with Break Every Rule which was also a commercial success although not at the level of Private Dancer. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. “Typical Male” was the album’s biggest hit. It reached #2 on the US charts.

In 1993 her life story was used as the template for the film What’s Love Got to Do with It? The soundtrack featured “I Don’t Wanna Fight” which hit #9 in the US (#1 in Canada.)

“Typical Male” Music Video