JULY 12 BIRTHDAYS
1943 – Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)
1950 – Eric Carr (Kiss/drums)
ON THIS DAY
1979 – Minnie Riperton (“Loving You”) lost her battle with cancer at age 31. The Stevie Wonder produced song had given her a #1 song four years earlier and showcased her multi-octave voice.
1986 – Simply Red scored their first chart topping single with ‘Holding Back The Tears’, a song lead singer Mick Hucknall had written when he was 17 years old, but did not finish until many years later.
1980 – Talk about an odd paring: Olivia Newton-John and Electric orchestra teamed up for ‘Xanadu’ which shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, it couldn’t help the turkey of a movie it was taken from, which tanked at the box office.