This is the 62nd set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
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536. CHARLEY PRIDE
Most pitchers don’t have many hits on their ledger, but this Mississippi Country superstar had hits galore, though his pitching career didn’t quite pan out as hoped. And those hits made him enough money to buy part of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball franchise.
Starting with 1966’s “Just Between You & Me,” Charley Pride remained firmly entrenched in the U.S. Country top 10 for a remarkable 18-year stretch. During that span, Pride posted 51 top 10 Country singles, 29 of which hit #1. For good measure, he added another #5 finisher in 1987. His success north of the border was just as impressive, though he didn’t break through until 1967’s “Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger.” By the close of 1983, Pride had registered 48 top 10 hits on the Canadian charts, 34 reaching #1.
These amazing figures were echoed on the Country album chart where Pride’s third release, 1967’s “The Country Way,” hit #1. He totaled 27 top 10 Country LPs, 12 topping the chart while four more just fell short at #2.
The rewards Pride has accumulated include three Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three American Music Awards, and an Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and now adds the Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame to his resume.
537. JULIO IGLESIAS
It is often said one can best be judged by the company he or she keeps. If true, it’s no wonder this Spanish-born vocalist gains entry to the Goldmine Hall of Fame.
Julio Iglesias has recorded hit records when teamed with Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Sting, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra and Art Garfunkel, in addition to having a ton of worldwide hits on his own. In fact, Iglesias has sold so many albums, he ranks near the top 10 percent of all-time sellers worldwide with well over 100 million records sold according to highly reliable sources. If all sources are to be believed, Iglesias has sold over 300 million records worldwide.
Recording in 14 different languages, Iglesias has had major hits in many countries, beginning with 1972’s “Un Canto En Galicia,” which hit #1 in Belgium and Holland and became a major success in Germany and France. “Quiereme Mucho (Yours)” also topped the Belgium and Holland charts seven years later. In 1982, his version of “Begin The Beguine” reached #1 in the U.K. and “Le Monde Est Fou, Le Monde Est Beau” topped French lists in 1978. A year later, “Se Tornassi” proved an Italian chart-topper. Three times he charted Spanish #1s, in 1980 with “Hey!,” again the next year with “De Nina a Mujer” and in 1982 with “No Me Vuelva A Enamorar.” His 1984 pairing with Ross on “All Of Me” also topped Spanish charts and the same year his pairing with Nelson on “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” hit the top in Belgium and Canada, just fell short at #2 in South Africa and climbed to #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
From 1978 until present day, Iglesias has remained a force on the best-selling album lists around the globe. Two sons, Julio Iglesias, Jr. and Enrique Iglesias, currently have successful careers in music, though they will have to go some to come close to equaling their famous father.
538. DREAM THEATER
This group of virtuosos only recently became eligible for our Hall of Fame, having released its first “proper” album, “When Dream and Day Unite” in 1989. The lack of attention that followed resulted in a major change by the time 1992’s “Images and Words” followed, James LaBrie replacing Charlie Dominici on lead vocals.
By the time its fifth album, 1999’s “Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory” was released, the classic Dream Theater lineup of LaBrie plus original members John Petrucci on guitar, John Myung on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums had become complete with the addition of Jordan Rudess on keyboards. Like the previous two releases, 1997’s “Falling Into Infinity” and 1994’s “Awake,” plus a 1995 EP “A Change Of Seasons,” the 1999 effort met with moderate international success.
Meanwhile, Dream Theater was breaking through in an unusual area, scoring well with the 1993 home VHS release “Images and Words: Live In Tokyo,” which included a 1993 concert in Tokyo, several videos and interview slices. The release ranked #13 on the U.S. video chart. In 2001, “Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York,” a 190-minute tour-de-force featuring the complete 1999 LP plus more, did even better, soaring to #5. These paved the way for the group’s breakthrough as streaming outlets exposed the band to new viewers who couldn’t help but be dazzled by the technical proficiency displayed by all members. As a result two of their next four videos – some coupled with audio CDs – topped the video chart, one finished at #2 and another peaked at #4.
At the same time, the band’s LPs kept doing better worldwide until 2009’s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” became a universal smash as did its two successors 2011’s “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” and 2013’s Dream Theater,” the latter two proving new drummer Mike Mangini a capable replacement for Portnoy.
539. BRUCE HORNSBY
Some artists are just impossible to pigeonhole. None more than this Williamsburg, Virginia, vocalist, songwriter and keyboard virtuoso.
Bruce Hornsby has won Grammy Awards for “Best New Artist” in 1987, “Best Bluegrass Album” in 1990 and “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” in 1994. He also recorded with The Range, The Noise Makers, The Bruce Hornsby Trio, The Other Ones and The Grateful Dead in addition to being a much in demand studio musician. Hornsby’s biggest chart successes came with The Range, whose 1986 album “The Way It Is” climbed to #3 on the Billboard Top 200 as the title song topped charts in the U.S., Canada the Netherlands and reached #15 in the U.K.. The follow-up single, “Mandolin Rain,” also performed well, climbing to #4 U.S. and #14 Canada, both recordings topping U.S. Adult Contemporary charts. “Every Little Kiss,” which had minimum impact upon first release, was then re-released with much better success, rising to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hornsby’s next two releases with “The Range” also performed well, 1988’s “Scenes From The Southside” peaking at #5 U.S. and #18 U.K., while 1990’s “A Night On The Town” hit #20 U.S. and #23 U.K. The 1988 release produced three major hits on the U.S. Mainstream chart, the first, “The Valley Road,” reaching #5 on the Hot 100 and #2 in Canada, while the 1990 LP yielded “Across The River,” which topped the Canadian charts and the U.S. Mainstream list.
Hornsby then began sitting in with the Grateful Dead. His relationship with members of that band continues through today. In the meantime, he has kept up a steady stream of solo releases plus collaborations with his own groups and many others.
540. EDDIE RABBITT
This Brooklyn-born Country star experienced huge success long before releasing his own first hit recordings in 1974, having co-written one of Elvis Presley’s biggest later hits, 1970’s, “Kentucky Rain.” When he finally connected for himself, he had a run of chart success that lasted 16 years.
Eddie Rabbitt passed away from lung cancer in 1998 at the rather youthful age of 56. By that time, he had notched 34 singles on the U.S. Country charts, with three more just falling short. Of those 34, 17 hit #1 with another three stalling at #2. Between 1978 and 1983, Rabbitt had 14 singles hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart. His achievements in Canada were almost as impressive, 30 singles reaching the Canadian Country top 10, with 14 #1 hits and four that peaked at #2.
But Rabbitt’s success was not limited to the Country chart. Beginning with 1979’s “Suspicions,” which climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, Rabbitt had six major crossover hits, led by 1980’s “I Love A Rainy Night,” which hit #1, sandwiched by “Drivin’ My Life Away” and “Step By Step,” each of which reached #5 on the Hot 100. A duet with Goldmine Hall of Fame inductee Crystal Gayle, 1982’s “You & I,” reached #7.
As would be expected, Rabbitt also was a force on the Country album chart, with eight entries reaching the top 10. In 1980, “Horizon” landed in the #1 slot and a year later “Step By Step” repeated that success. Both LPs crossed over, the first peaking at #19 on the Billboard Top 200, while the latter reached #23. In 1998, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.