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Happy birthday to Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, born on 13th Dec 1948. American guitarist with psychedelic rock band Ultimate Spinach, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan (their first three albums, Can’t Buy a Thrill in 1972, Countdown to Ecstasy in 1973, and Pretzel Logic in 1974), and Spirit in the 1980s. Baxter has also worked with many […]

11th Dec 1940, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, musician and producer, David Gates, best known as the co-lead singer of the group Bread, who scored the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Make It With You’. His song ‘Popsicles and Icicles’ hit No.3 on the US chart for The Murmaids in January 1964 […]

10th Dec 1967, American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near […]

3rd Dec 2015, American musician and singer-songwriter Scott Weiland died aged 48. He was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple […]

The guest stars on the Nov. 22, 1957 episode of ABC-TV’s dance show ‘American Bandstand’ was the singing duo “Tom and Jerry.” They performed their song “Hey Little Schoolgirl” which was a minor hit at the time. Although ‘Tom and Jerry’ did make it to ‘Bandstand’, they would have much greater success in a couple […]

Sad to hear that Fats Domino has died aged 89. The American singer and pianist pioneered rock and roll and inspired countless artists, including Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Domino’s first record ‘The Fat Man’ was the first rock and roll record to sell over a million copies. Among his greatest works are songs such […]

26th Oct 1999, American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. He wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, (1971 US No.1 ‘Joy To The World’), John Denver, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Read it here

The Grateful Dead released their 6th LP “American Beauty” on Nov. 1, 1970. Jason Ankeny in AllMusic said that the album is the Dead’s “studio masterpiece”, and in comparing it to Workingman’s Dead, it is “more representative of the group as a collective unit”. In 2003, the album was ranked number 258 on Rolling Stone […]

2nd Nov 1996, American vocalist and guitarist Eva Cassidy, died of skin cancer aged 33. Two years after her death, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences, when her versions of ‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’ were played by Mike Harding and Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. She is […]


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