December 12 – Jimmy Osmond, Car songs, Bodyguard

1972

Little Jimmy Osmond (brother of Donnie and Marie) becomes the youngest singer (9 years old) to have a UK#1 hit (US#38) with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool.

Considering that it was preceded at UK#1 by Chuck Berry‘s My Ding-a-Ling and is followed by Block Buster! by glam rockers Sweet (13 UK top-20 hits in the 70s) —  bewildering times for radio listeners that season! And to think it all started innocently with Lonnie Donegan‘s 1961 UK#3, US#5 skiffle novelty Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour … you reap what you sow.

See also: Bubblegum pop, List of UK Singles Chart number ones

1981

Boston new wave rockers The Cars hit song Shake It Up, composed by Ric Ocasek, moves into the top 40 charts headed for #2.

There’ve been countless great pop songs about cars (you could make a blog of it!) To name a few: No Cars Go by Canadians Arcade Fire , Loud Music in Cars by Scot Billy Bremner, Cars by Brit Gary Numan , Fast Cars by U2, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, Drive My Car by the Peedles of Hamburg … and on and on and on …

1992
Best Selling Soundtrack
The soundtrack from Kevin Costner romance-thriller movie The Bodyguard becomes the US#1 album for twenty weeks.

Reaching #1 in 17 other countries, it includes several songs by Whitney Houston as well as various other artists; Houston plays the female lead alongside her ‘bodyguard’ Kevin Costner. The first album to sell over 1 million copies in a week, incredibly it sells over 44 million copies worldwide.

It makes Houston the first female act to have three songs in the US top-20, led by I Will Always Love You. Needless to say it gets the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and EIGHT wins at the 1994 AMAs, giving Houston a tie with Michael Jackson.