20 years ago today, Cher hit No.1 with ‘Believe’, and the upbeat dance-pop song stayed atop the US singles chart for four weeks. Cher became the oldest woman to top the Hot 100, at age 53. The song reached No.1 in almost every country it charted, including the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. ‘Believe‘— an anthem of hope about overcoming a painful breakup—remains one of the best-selling singles of all time, logging 11 million sold worldwide. WATCH the official video… (1999)
Listen for the “Auto-Tuned” vocal effect, made by audio processing software, a relatively new process that became known as the “Cher effect”.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Workdays for women and children in France were limited to 11 hours (1900)
- Mongolia declared its independence from China (1921)
- Mike Stoller, (with producing partner Jerry Leiber) who co-wrote over 70 hits that climbed American record charts, including “Hound Dog”, “Kansas City”, and “Jailhouse Rock”, was born (1933)
- The Allman Brothers Band recorded a rock concert in New York City that would become their classic album, Live At Fillmore East (1971)
- In response to widespread demonstrations by the deaf and hearing impaired student body, Gallaudet University hired its first deaf president (1988)
- The journal Nature reported that 350,000-year-old upright-walking human footprints were found in Italy (2003)
And, on this day in 2013, Pope Francis was selected by the Vatican’s papal conclave to become the leader of the Catholic Church.
Since then, numerous charitable and kind-hearted deeds have earned him rock star levels of popularity, even among non-religious folks. Check out the Pope’s Top 10 Happiness Tips: Focus on Leisure, Family and Being Positive
And, on this day in 1993, Eric Clapton’s LP “Unplugged” hit No.1 on U.S. charts—and stayed there—becoming the most successful and best-selling LIVE album of all time. It was nominated for 9 Grammy Awards in 1993 and won 6, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.
The MTV production shot in England followed the accidental death of his young son and was Clapton’s best-selling album, with sales of 26 million copies worldwide. It included wondrous versions of Layla and Tears of Heaven, and Love Comes Over You “Running on Faith“.