Classic Rock

20th February 1950, Born on this day, Walter Becker, bass, guitar, vocals, songwriter with American group Steely Dan who had the 1973 US No.11 single ‘Reeling In The Years’ and nine other US Top 30 hits. Steely Dan’s ‘Two Against Nature’ won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the year. Becker has produced records […]

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/music-quizzes/how-many-of-these-bands-can-you-name/ How Many Of These Bands Can You Name? | uDiscover Music How many of the following bands can you identify? This uDiscover Band Quiz will test your music knowledge to the full – it’s hard but fun! Read it here

It seems every generation has its musical spokesman. The ‘grunge’ generations foremost performer and many would say their spokesman was undoubtedly Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. If Kurt was still with us, he would have turned 51 years old today. But, Kurt, like so many talented people had his demons. Kurt took his own life on […]

20th February 1980, AC/DC singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend’s parked car. The official coroner’s report stated that he had “drunk himself to death”, after suffocating on his own vomit. More on Bon Scott: […]

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” Those words were written by Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson was an American writer and journalist, who is considered to be the founder of the […]

Jimi Hendrix gave his first on stage performance on Feb. 20, 1959. Jimi was 16 years old, and was auditioning for an unnamed band. This happened in the basement of Temple De Hirsch, a synagogue in Seattle, Washington. It didn’t go to well for Jimi as he was told not to return for the second […]

20th February 1967, Born on this day, Kurt Cobain guitarist, singer, songwriter with Nirvana who had the 1991 hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Their 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ spent over two years on the UK chart. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. Cobain committed suicide on April […]

19th February 2004, Johnny Cash’s family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family “would never allow the song […]

19th February 1964, A British company shipped ½ ton of Beatle wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, “How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?” John replied “They’re not imitating us because we don’t wear Beatle wigs.” Read it here

Andy Powell has 68 candles on his birthday cake today. Andy is best known for his work with Wishbone Ash. Growing up, Andy couldn’t afford to buy a guitar so he made his own Les Paul style copy. In 1969, Andy answered a Melody Maker classified ad in which Martin Turner and Steve Upton were […]


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