Forget Valentine’s Day, It’s Rob Thomas’ Birthday

Happy 40th Birthday to our favorite singer in the whole wide world, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rob Thomas[/lastfm]!!

Jack FM Fun Fact No. 99:  We’ve met Rob not once.  Not twice. But THREE times!

That doesn’t make us a stalker… does it?

He is perhaps one of the most prolific artists of the post-grunge era.

Born on a military base in Germany and raised in the Southeast by his mother and grandmother, Rob Thomas first found fame as lead singer of the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Matchbox Twenty[/lastfm].  Formed in Orlando in 1995, Matchbox Twenty released their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, in October ’96.  Initially, sales were slow, but the album picked up momentum when an Atlanta DJ began playing “Push.”  The single raced up the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, landing at No. 1 and turning the band into overnight sensations.  Three more hits followed: “3 A.M.,” “Real World” and “Back 2 Good.”

In 1999, Rob Thomas further flexed his musical skills when he collaborated with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carlos Santana[/lastfm] on “Smooth.”  Released as the first single from Santana’s comeback album Supernatural, “Smooth” was an international smash, selling over three million copies and spending 12 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.  It also garnered Rob three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

2000 saw the release of Matchbox Twenty’s sophomore album, Mad Season.  Debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, Mad Season sold four million copies and produced two Adult Top 40 No. 1 hits: “Bent” and “If You’re Gone.”  More Than You Think You Are followed two years later, and the band added “Disease,” “Unwell” and “Bright Lights” to their long list of successful hit singles.

With his band on hiatus, Rob Thomas embarked on a solo career, and in ’05 released the album Something to Be.  Blending elements of pop, dance, Latin, rock and country, Something to Be shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the first time in chart history that a solo album from a band’s frontman debuted in the top spot.  The lead single, “Lonely No More” (which is also Jack’s Song of the Day), peaked at No. 6 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, and it remains Rob’s most successful solo hit to date.  Other singles from the album included “This Is How a Heart Breaks,” “Ever the Same” and “Streetcorner Symphony.”

In June 2009, Rob released Cradlesong, his second solo effort.  It went to No.3 in the U.S. and also landed in the Top 10 in Canada and Australia.  The singles “Her Diamonds” and “Someday” both topped the Adult Top 40 chart, and the videos for each were hits on VH1.

Last year, Rob Thomas rejoined Matchbox Twenty, and today the band is hard at work on their fifth studio album, which is set to be released sometime in 2012.

Check out Rob and Matchbox Twenty performing “Back 2 Good” from the 2004 concert DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty.  All Jack FM has to say is that this is the BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!

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