This is the 68th set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
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566. THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
This North Carolinian has backed up Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Ringo Starr, the Marshall Tucker Band and Hank Williams, Jr., among others. He has served as a producer, most notably of the Youngbloods. One of his compositions was recorded by none other than Elvis Presley. He has appeared in movies, television shows and even a GEICO commercial. He has won a Grammy Award, been named to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, been honored as a BMI Icon and is a member of the Grand Ole Oprey.
Charlie Daniels, vocalist best known for his fiddle playing, but also an accomplished bassist and guitarist, has compiled quite a resume, including a string of hit Pop and Country records released as The Charlie Daniels Band. Pushing 79, Daniels, who began his career in the ’50s, didn’t release his first LP until 1971, the eponymous effort drawing little attention. But the group of musicians on that LP, Joel DiGregorio on keyboards, Earl Grigsby on bass and Jeff Myer on drums, eventually evolved into what became The Charlie Daniels Band. While another LP failed to chart, 1973’s “Honey In The Rock” demonstrated progress, squeaking onto Billboard’s Top 200 LP list largely on the back of the single “Uneasy Rider,” which climbed to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #18 in Canada.
The next effort failed to capitalize on that success, but Daniels experienced a breakthrough on the album charts with 1974’s “Fire On The Mountain,” which climbed to U.S. #38 and Canada #51, producing the single, “The South’s Gonna Do It,” which peaked at U.S. #29. By that time, Grigsby and Myer were gone and a steady stream of musicians followed, but from that point on Daniels placed 12 more long-players on the Top 200 and also made inroads into the Country market.
The peak occurred in 1979 when “Million Mile Reflections” topped the U.S. Country LP chart, finished #2 on the Canadian Country list, landed at #5 on the U.S. Top 200 and #9 on the Canadian LP chart. That disc contained what would become Daniels’ signature tune, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” a #1 smash on the Country listings on both sides of the border, crossing over to climb to #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and #5 on the main chart in Canada. Daniels just missed the U.S. top 10 with 1980’s “In America” single and had another major success with 1982’s “Still In Saigon.” “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” in 1986 and 1988’s “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues” kept Daniels in the Country top 10.
The inductees are Daniels, DiGregorio, Tom Crain (guitar), Fred Edwards and James Marshall (drums & percussion) and Charles Hayward (bass).
567. THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO
As 1965 began, Texan Dobie Gray was being introduced to the world of the hit parade when his single, “The In Crowd,” scored on both sides of the Atlantic, eventually climbing to U.S. #13, #8 in Canada and #25 in the U.K. Gray’s initial hit was eclipsed on the personal front by a second hit it took him eight years to find, the classic “Drift Away,” which hit #5 U.S. and #7 in Canada.
But Gray’s first hit actually was overshadowed later in 1965, and from a most unusual and unexpected source when the Ramsey Lewis Trio, three veteran jazzmen, took it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, turning Gray’s smash into the ultimate rarity – an instrumental Jazz hit single. The live crowd at Washington D.C.’s Bohemian Caverns added to the track’s appeal, obviously into the Trio’s performances recorded over three nights. Unlike Gray, Ramsey Lewis on piano, drummer Isaac Holt and bassist Eldee Young were no strangers to the best-sellers lists, having recorded 19 previous albums, beginning in 1956 as Ramsey Lewis and His Gentle-men of Swing. In fact, the year prior to “The In Crowd.” the three had issued another live album from the Bohemian Caverns that had proven a solid seller.
But nothing came close to the 1965 smash that topped the Billboard R&B chart and reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs. The LP also received the Grammy for Best Individual Jazz Performance by an Individual Or Group and in 2009 received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. In 1966, the trio figured if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, recording another live session, this time at The Lighthouse in California. That release ran to #15 on the Top 200 and climbed to #20 in the U.K. It also yielded two more hit singles, covers of “Hang On Sloopy,” originally a hit for both the Vibrations and the McCoys, and the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” The former reached #11 on the Hot 100, the latter #29.
Young and Holt then split to achieve further success with Young-Holt Unlimited, while Lewis replaced them with bassist Cleveland Eaton, who had backed many superstars and later went on to a long stay with Count Basie’s Orchestra, and drummer extraordinaire Maurice White, who played on nine of the Trio’s LPs before leaving to form Goldmine Hall of Fame group Earth, Wind & Fire. While this trio recorded just one major single hit, 1966’s “Wade In The Water,” which hit U.S. #19 and U.K. #31, it accounted for a steady stream of best-selling albums.
The inductees are Lewis, Young, Holt, Eaton and White.
568. BRIAN POOLE & THE TREMELOES
This British group has the unique distinction of topping the Beatles and the Dave Clark Five in the early days of the British Invasion. Their first U.K. hit was “Twist & Shout,” recorded by the Beatles but not released as a U.K. single. Meanwhile, the 1963 version by this East London band reached U.K. #4. Later the same year, The Tremeloes “Do You Love Me” sat atop the U.K. chart three weeks while the Dave Clark Five’s version stopped at #30.
That they couldn’t sustain the edge over either band should not detract from their success, which was substantial enough to have them ranked in the top 50% of all singles sellers worldwide. And they accomplished this with minimal success in the U.S. In fact, the Tremeloes didn’t have a hit record in the States until 1967 when they reached #11 with the Cat Stevens-penned “Here Comes My Baby.” By that time, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes had tacked on two more U.K. top 10 hits with a version of the Roy Orbison hit “Candy Man,” which climbed to #6, and “Someone, Someone,” which hit #2. The next year, their cover of the Browns’ 1959 hit, “The Three Bells,” climbed to U.K. #17.
Also by that time Poole had split, leaving the Tremeloes a foursome. But without Poole, even more success was earned, “Here Comes My Baby” reaching U.K. #4 while its successor, a cover of a Four Seasons’ B-side, “Silence Is Golden,” hit the U.K. top spot and remained there three weeks. It also topped charts in Canada, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa and became the group’s biggest U.S. success, climbing to #11. On its heels, “Even The Bad Times Are Good” peaked at U.K. #4. In 1968, the band saw “Suddenly You Love Me” and “My Little Lady” each hit U.K. #6, and the next year “(Call Me) Number One” earned its title in South Africa, but stopped at U.K. #2. In 1970, the Tremeloes finished their hit run with “Me and My Life,” which reached U.K. #4. The Tremeloes also posted top 10 records in Switzerland, Flanders, Germany, Holland and France and practically all their releases were big sellers in Australia.
The inductees are Brian Poole (vocals), Rick Westwood (vocals & guitar), Alan Blakely (vocals, guitar & keyboards), Alan Howard & Len Hawkes (vocals & bass) and Dave Munden (vocals & drums).
569. JIMMY SMITH
Many roadies may have this Pennsylvania Jazz artist’s name on the top of their lists to thank for back problems as he helped popularize the mammoth Hammond B-3 organ. An extremely prolific recording artist, Jimmy Smith, like the above inductee Ramsey Lewis, became one of a rare breed, a Jazz artist who became a major seller, even placing a series of singles on Billboard’s Hot 100.
But, like most Jazz artists, Smith made his major mark as an album seller, today ranking in the top 75% of all LP sellers worldwide. He placed 24 long-players on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart during an eight-year run that began with “Midnight Special” in 1962. That LP climbed to #28 and remained on the chart 51 weeks even though the title song reached just #69 on the Hot 100. Shortly after, Smith turned in his one major hit single, “Walk On The Wild Side, Part 1,” which rose to #21 and helped its parent album, “Bashin’,” reach the top 10.
Once established, Smith became a perennial favorite, releasing numerous albums on his own while also appearing as a guest artist on many other recordings by artists such as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones. In 1963, he placed five albums on the best-seller list, three climbing into the top 25. “Back At The Chicken Shack” started the year, rising to #14 with “Hobo Flats” hot on its heels with a #11 peak. “Any Number Can Win” reached #25 later that year. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” started 1964 with a bang, climbing to #16 and “The Cat” closed out the year, peaking at #12. Meanwhile, Smith issued a holiday favorite, “Christmas ’64,” which saw renewed success two years later when re-released as “Christmas Cookin.'” “Monster,” “Organ Grinder Swing” and “Got My Mojo Workin'” all reached the top 35 of Billboard’s Top 200 before the end of 1966 and Smith’s albums continued to chart through 1970.
In 2005, the year Smith passed away, the National Endowment for the Arts honored him with its Jazz Masters Award, the highest honor the United States bestows upon Jazz musicians.
570. GLENN FREY
The Eagles became one of Rock’s most popular bands, so popular they were one of the earliest inductees into the Goldmine Hall of Fame, receiving that honor June 21, 2012. This Detroit vocalist and former Goldmine inductee, Don Henley, teamed up to write much of the group’s material, usually working with other members of the band and others including J.D. Souther and Bob Seger.
As the lead voice on many Eagles’ hits, including “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “New Kid In Town,” Glenn Frey had little difficulty connecting when the Eagles stopped working as a unit, releasing a series of hit albums and singles. In 1982, Frey’s first solo effort, 1982’s “No Fun Aloud,” rose to #32 on Billboard’s top LP list, unleashing two hit singles, “I Found Somebody” (#31) and “The One You Love” (#15 in the States and #12 in Canada). Two years later, “The Allnighter” bettered the debut, climbing to U.S. #22 while also reaching #31 in the U.K. Culled from that LP, the single “Sexy Girl” checked in at U.S. #20. “Smuggler’s Blues” also was pulled from the LP, reaching #12 as it inspired a Miami Vice episode of the same name in which Frey made his acting debut.
It also was included on the first Miami Vice soundtrack album, which hit #1 as 1985 turned into 1986. But Frey already had cracked the soundtrack market earlier when “The Heat Is On” from The Beverly Hills Cop climbed to #2 U.S. and Australia, #8 in Canada and #12 U.K. REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” blocked Frey from the #1 position in the U.S.
A second single from the original Miami Vice soundtrack also just missed topping the Billboard Hot 100, although “You Belong To The City” did top the Polish charts. Starship’s “We Built This City” kept it in the runner-up spot in the U.S. and it also hit #6 in Canada. Frey’s 1988 LP “Soul Searchin'” climbed into the top 40 of the U.S. and Canada and yielded the #13 single “True Love.”
Jack Tempchin, of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and “Swayin’ To the Music (Slow Dancin’)” fame served as Frey’s writing partner in his solo efforts.