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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Today in Music History: January 4

Many performers are known for their over-the-top performances, as well as their songs. Of these same performers, as well as others, some have stage names much different from their birth names. Through the years voices change, mellow down. For the spotlight today is a voice once classed as tenor, now baritone. His piano playing is influenced by classical and gospel music.

Welcome into the Spotlight...

 Do you know this kid? 
He started playing the piano when he was 3 years old.

What about now?
He was inspired by the stage performance of Jerry Lee Lewis.

"I wasn't a sex symbol like Bowie, Marc Bolan or Freddie Mercury, so I dressed more on the humorous side, because if I was going to be stuck at the piano for two hours, I was going to make people look at me."

Reginald Kenneth Dwight: British singer, pianist and composer who was one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century. Along with selling more than 250 million records he has found success on Broadway

Are you familiar with Reginald Kenneth Dwight? Of course, as long as you know that is the birth name of ELTON JOHN! When he decided to change his name, he chose "Elton John" because he wanted to honor saxophone legend Elton Dean, as well as Long John Baldry 

Elton doesn't write lyrics, his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin takes care of that. In 1967, Elton John, as Reg Dwight, and Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing. Their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express...the rest is history, especially Elton John's fabulous, over-the-top costumes and glasses for his elaborate concerts! 

1975 Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'. His third US No.1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.

  •  No.1 singles on this day...
    1936 Billboard Magazine introduced the first ever-pop music chart that ranked records on national sales; big band violinist Joe Venuti was the first No.1.
  • 1960 Marty Robbins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'El Paso'. A No.19 in the UK. 
  •  No.1 albums on this day...
  • 1967 The Doors released their self-titled debut album The Doors. Unique packaging of the album included each band members bio. 
    1992 Simply Red went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for a five week run with Stars making it the third time it had been at the top of the charts.
1968 The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music degrees would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones saying they had made such an important contribution to modern music.

2004 Britney Spears had her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas with childhood friend Jason Alexander. They couple married on Saturday morning, during a night out in Las Vegas, but immediately her lawyers filed for an annulment, saying Spears 'lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage.' 

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...