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15th February 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’, had the 1955 US No.2 single ‘A Blossom Fell’ and 1957 UK No.2 single ‘When I Fall In Love’ plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles. Father of […]

14th February 2010, American singer-songwriter-musician Doug Fieger died after a long battle with cancer. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Knack, and co-wrote ‘My Sharona’, the biggest hit song of 1979 in the USA, and was Capitol Records’ fastest gold status debut single since the Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your […]

Happy Birthday to Rob Thomas born on 14th February 1972. American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Matchbox Twenty who had the 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent.’ His ‘Lonely No More’ released in 2005 became his biggest selling solo chart success. Thomas sang on the 1999 US No.1 single by Santana ‘Smooth’ and also had the […]

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 […]

8th February 1990, Suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds. He scored the 1961 UK and US No.1 single ‘Runaway’, plus nine US and 12 other UK Top 40 singles. In 1963, he became the first American to record a cover version of a song by the Beatles: […]

5th February 2012, American record producer and session musician Al De Lory died aged 82. In the early Sixties De Lory played keyboards for various Phil Spector productions, and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. As producer for Capitol Records he worked on a series of worldwide hits by Glen Campbell including John Hartford’s ‘Gentle on […]

5th February 1929, Born on this day, Hal Blaine, American drummer and session musician. He is most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine played on numerous hits by Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Carpenters, The Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, and the 5th Dimension. Blaine has […]

1st February 2013, American singer, songwriter and record producer Cecil Womack died of unknown causes in Johannesburg, South Africa aged 65. He had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack & Womack. In 1988, their single ‘Teardrops’, taken from their fourth album Conscience, became a major international […]

1st February 1937, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter Don Everly, from The Everly Brothers who had the 1958 UK & US No.1 single ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. Other hits include: ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ‘Bird Dog,’ ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ ‘Walk Right Back’ and ‘Crying in the Rain’. The music of the […]

28th January 2016, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, Paul Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier. He was known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, the leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial […]


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