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12th July 1979, American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for […]

Happy birthday to Wilko Johnson, born on 12th July 1947, English singer, guitarist, who with Dr Feelgood had the 1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’ and a founding member of Solid Senders. Wilko stated in early 2013 that he had terminal cancer and was given just 10 months to live, and aptly announced he […]

12th June 1989, The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum opened at Graceland. The museum contained over 30 cars which were owned by Presley including his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, and the red MG that Elvis drove in the film Blue Hawaii. See our Things […]

Happy birthday to Burt Bacharach, born on 12th May 1928, American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer . With Hal David he wrote many classic songs including, ‘Close To You’, ’24 Hours From Tulsa’, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. He won two Oscars for the film score […]

Happy birthday to Steve Winwood, born on 12th May 1948, who with the Spencer Davis Group had the 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Running’, with Traffic the 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’, Blind Faith, (with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech), 1969 UK & US No.1 album. Winwood played Hammond […]

The Beatles released their 12th and final LP “Let It Be” in the US on May 18 (some sources say 17), 1970. It was released almost a month after the group’s break-up. Most of Let It Be was recorded in January 1969, before the recording and release of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. For this […]

The Beatles released their 12th and final LP “Let It Be” on May 8, 1970. It was released almost a month after the group had broke-up. The album started out being named “Get Back,” where the band was hoping tp return to their earlier, less complicated approach to music. It was recorded and projected for […]

12th March 2006, Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album On An Island. In 2009 UK radio station Planet Rock held a poll asking listeners to name the ‘Greatest Solo Album Written By A Former Band Member’. David Gilmour was voted into first […]

12th March 1968, The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking […]

12th February 2000, American singer, songwriter, musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, fathered over 30 children, spent two years in jail and was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He […]


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